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Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013



Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013


Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J

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Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport


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The draft program is open for public comment to Friday 29 May 2009. Includes Summary document.


Date:2009-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Crocodylus porosus -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Control -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/214159[Final Edition]

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Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 55 Appendix 5: Safari Hunting of Crocodiles in the Northern Territory Safari hunting presents an opportunity to harvest a small number of crocodiles for a substantial financial gain and is expected to return at least several thousands of dollars more per individual than crocodiles harvested for the skin/meat market. Given the financial gains that are likely to accrue, it is expected that safari hunting will increase the incentive for landholders to protect crocodiles and crocodile habitats, particularly in remote areas. Safari hunting is not intended to be used as a means of controlling problem crocodiles. The Parks and Wildlife Service of the Northern Territory (PWSNT) aims to ensure that all who participate in safari hunting of crocodiles conform to the highest possible standards of animal welfare and stewardship of the environment. The PWSNT requires that all safari hunting operations comply with the Code of Practice. The PWSNT will accompany hunts throughout the life of the safari hunting program as determined by annual review of the programs operations. In the first year of the trial, safari hunting program PWSNT staff will accompany all hunts to ensure that standards of animal welfare and environmental sustainability are met. Pending the outcome of the annual review of the safari hunting program, PWSNT and the approval committee in consultation with DEWHA will consider lowering accompaniment of hunts to a minimum of 75 % in the second year and 50% in each year thereafter. The PWSNT will advise Parks Australia North of scheduled hunts. This appendix sets out the framework for safari hunting of crocodiles and minimum standards for safari operators. 1. The quota for safari hunting The proposed management options for adult and juvenile crocodiles include a quota of 400 juveniles and 500 adults that can be taken directly from the wild under permit. Of the 500 adults that can be taken there will be a sub-quota of 25 animals greater than 3.5 m in length that can be taken by safari hunters. Therefore crocodiles taken as safari animals will be included in the current quota. Safari hunting of crocodiles will be limited to the hunting of wild crocodiles. A wild crocodile is defined as an animal that has never been captive. The safari hunting of crocodiles that have been drugged or are contained within an enclosure of any type is prohibited. Safari hunting will be restricted to off-stream habitats such as billabongs and ox-bow lakes. 2. Management of permits for safari hunting Taking native fauna requires a permit under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 2000. Under this Saltwater Crocodile Management Program up to 25 safari crocodile permits will be issued each year. Figure 1 presents a flow chart of the processes that may be required for obtaining and complying with a permit to harvest crocodiles. 2.1 Expressions of interest Expressions of interest in safari hunting will be sought each year. The right to access these safari animals will be subject to application by landholders only. In general a maximum of five crocodiles may be tendered for by each landholder. This limit is in place to prevent a monopoly arising and to ensure ecological sustainability. Applicants will have to meet the selection criteria specified by the PWSNT. The criteria will include: A map showing the location of areas where the hunts are to be conducted. Information on the numbers and sizes of crocodiles within that area. The conservation efforts made by the landholder. The number of animals to be hunted. The economic benefits of the harvest to the community.