The AFANT 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday 6th March at Tracy Village Social and Sports Club, Tambling Terrace, Lyons.
The core business of the AGM will include the Presidents report, Treasurers report, the adoption of the 2015 AFANT Annual Report and the election of new committee members.
The major issue to be addressed at this year’s AGM will be the progress of the Dundee Beach and Shady Camp boat ramps as no construction work has commenced on this important election commitment.
AFANT President Warren de With said today “AFANT’s is eagerly awaiting the construction of the self-launch boat ramp at Dundee Beach as this is of particular interest to our members. We look forward to the government’s progress report on this issue.”
The NT Department of Fisheries will also provide an update on the monitoring program to gauge the recovery and success of the 2015 regulation changes for at-risk reef fish. In addition chief fisheries scientist Dr.Thor Saunders will conduct a presentation on the Barramundi tagging program, stock levels and recapture rates across the Northern Territory.
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) is an issue of interest to the recreational fishing community of the NT due to the risks the industry poses to the environment, aquifers and aquatic habitats of the Top End. Mr. Ron Kelly from the Department of Mines and Energy will provide a presentation on the government’s policy and environmental regulations.
Additionally Mr Bob Richards will provide a presentation on the growth of the enormously successful Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm and what the future of Aquaculture looks like for Northern Australia. This is a topic of interest to many AFANT members due to its potential to play an important role in food production, generate economic development in the Northern Territory and reduce commercial fishing pressure on wild fish stocks.
“These are just some of the significant topics to be addressed at the AGM to ensure AFANT remains steadfast in our commitment to represent recreational fishing in the NT and ensure the quality of our sport” AFANT President Warren de With said.