Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013
Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J
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
Northern Territory Government
60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.
Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)
Northern Territory Government
Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 2 1. Introduction The conservation of the Saltwater Crocodile and the management of habitat to favour these crocodiles is the underpinning principle of this Management Program. Saltwater Crocodiles are top order predators and positive actions that favour retaining Saltwater Crocodiles in the landscape bring with it a heightened responsibility for public safety. This Management Program addresses the balance that is required between conservation goals and maintaining public safety. A key plank in the conservation of the Saltwater Crocodile is the positive incentive that is generated through the commercial value gained by retaining crocodiles in the landscape. The maintenance of a viable and economic crocodile farming industry is recognised as the key economic driver for this Program. The economic value of the crocodile egg harvest is resulting in management practices for weeds, feral animals and fire by landowners to favour crocodile nesting habitat. The program encourages management practices that favour the Saltwater Crocodile, and protect wetland habitats beyond the boundaries of parks and reserves. This Management Program deals with public safety and with the commercial sustainable use of the Saltwater Crocodile. It focuses on mechanisms to improve public awareness and safety, on population dynamics, harvest limits and monitoring the impact of the harvest on population trends. Other aspects of the crocodile industry are covered in a separate document A Strategy for Improving Management and Growth of the Crocodile Industry and Increased Indigenous Participation. 1.1 Aims and Objectives The aim of this management program is: To ensure the long-term conservation of the Saltwater Crocodile and its habitats in the Northern Territory The program has four principal objectives: 1. To facilitate the sustainable use of Saltwater Crocodiles; 2. To promote community awareness and public safety; 3. To ensure humane treatment of Saltwater Crocodiles; and 4. To monitor and report on the impact of the harvest of Saltwater Crocodiles. 1.2 Species The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus Schneider) is one of two species of crocodile found in Australia. Subspecies or races have not been described. Further details on the status and ecology of the Saltwater Crocodile are provided in Appendix 1. 1.3 Responsible authority The Northern Territory Government through the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) manage wildlife in the Northern Territory pursuant to the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation (TWPC) Act. The control of all aspects of the
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