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Code of Conduct UPDATED

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Mary River and Chambers Finke Bays COC

2013 AFANT Annual General Meeting & Nomination Forms

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The 2013 AGM will commence at 10:00 AM on Sunday 24th March at the Tracy Village Social & Sports Club, Tambling Tce Lyons.

There will be some important business items to be covered at the meeting including the presentation of AFANT’s 2013 Annual Report, the election of a President, Secretary, and three Committee positions.

Nominations are now called for the vacant Executive and Committee positions listed above. Nomination forms are available HERE or contact the AFANT office on 08 8945 6455 to obtain a form.

Nominations must be received in the AFANT office at least 14 days before the meeting (by Friday 8 February).

More details on the AGM will be provided closer to the date


MEDIA RELEASE :: Mary River, Chambers Bay and Finke Bay angler code of conduct

i Jan 16th No Comments by

The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT Inc (AFANT) has today joined with Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, The Hon. Willem Westra Van Holthe to release a code of angler conduct for the MaryRiver and Chambers and FinkeBays.

“AFANT is committed to ensuring the maximum benefit for the community and recreational anglers is achieved by the removal of commercial barramundi fishing from Chambers and FinkeBays”. Said AFANT President Warren de With today.

“AFANT is working with government to implement a number of positive actions and management strategies to develop and maintain a world class fishing experience in the lower MaryRiver and Chambers and FinkeBays that is ecologically, economically and socially sustainable.”

“One of the key areas addressed in the code of conduct is actions to improve boating safety; central to this is the establishment of a one way boat traffic system for the narrow Tommycut cut-through. This is AFANT’s solution to a well recognised problem.”

“By adopting the voluntary code of conduct, AFANT and NT anglers are showing their commitment to the sustainability of the fishery and to ensuring that the recreational-angling-only areas of the MaryRiver and Chambers and FinkeBays have the opportunity to develop into their full potential as a world class fishery.”

Some of the angler actions contained in the code are:

  • All barramundi and king threadfin salmon over 90cm in the MaryRiver system and Chambers and Finke Bays will be released
  • Best practice catch and release procedures will be used to ensure survival of released fish
  • Self imposed possession and boat limits of three barramundi and threadfin salmon and two times the personal catch limits of relevant species per vessel
  • Lure and fly only Barra fishing in the MaryRiver system and Chambers and Finke Bays
  • A comprehensive catch and effort data collection including boat ramp surveys, fishing catch and effort recording as well as reporting and participating in tagging programs
  • Anglers will ensure that they have no or minimal impact on the environment
  • Operate in a safe manner consistent with boating safety rules and regulations
  • Implement a one way traffic safety plan for the Tommycut cut-through
  • Anglers will respect the rights and be courteous of others on the water and at the ramps/launching areas

AFANT encourages all recreational fishers in the NT to support the code of conduct and invites anglers who regularly fish the MaryRiver system or Chambers and Finke Bays to get involved in the tagging and catch and effort data collection.

By implementing the actions in the code, Northern Territory anglers will not just be protecting this important recreational fishery, but will also enhance the safety and experience for others.” Mr de With said. Ends

Mary River and Chambers Finke Bays COC

Media enquiries to Craig Ingram on 8945 6455 or Warren de With on 8972 1589