The Amateur Fishermen?s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) recently provide a submission into the adequacy of Australia„s legislative, regulatory and policy framework for unconventional gas mining including coal seam gas (CSG) and shale gas mining.
AFANT has a strong commitment to ensuring the protection of the quality of the recreational fishing in the Northern Territory which is inextricably linked to the health and quality of the top end aquifers, rivers and waterways. Due to the risk associated with contamination of ground and surface water by the unconventional gas industry AFANT cannot support the further development of coal seam gas (CSG) and shale gas mining in the Northern Territory.
AFANT recently made a submission to the Productivity Commission Issues Paper for Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture. AFANT believes that serious consideration must be given to the legislation in which Commonwealth fisheries currently operate.
AFANT believes recreational fishing needs to be formally recognised as major stakeholder in Commonwealth fisheries and the fisheries legislation and management procedures must be amended accordingly.
AFANT has a strong commitment to ensuring the protection of the quality of the fishing experience available in the NT which is inextricably linked to the health and quality of the NT waterways, landscapes and coastal areas.
AFANT recently submitted our views on the Draft Northern Territory Balanced Environment Strategy which can be viewed by clicking on the link below.