The Federal Election this month will have some significant outcomes for recreational fishing depending on which party can form government and the makeup of the Senate. This includes issues such as the Super Trawler, Commonwealth Marine Reserves, recognition of recreational fishing as a stakeholder in Commonwealth Fisheries, the funding of a national representative body for recreational fishing and a national recreational fishing survey.
The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation has complied a breakdown of the recreational fishing policies of the Labor, Liberal and Green parties.
This can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT (AFANT) was disappointed to recently learn that recreational anglers will lose access to prime land based fishing locations in Tapa Bay as part of the Kenbi Land Claim settlement.
AFANT was first briefed by the Government on the Kenbi Land Claim in late April and we were initially extremely pleased that the settlement did not appear to have any detrimental effect on recreational fishing access. Provisions were made in settlement for access to inter-tidal areas, camping on several of the Bynoe Harbour Islands, road access for land-based fishing locations and planning for future boat ramps.
AFANT Executive Officer said “AFANT was originally informed by the Government that there were 11 roads and tracks that guaranteed permit free access for recreational fishermen to the Cox Peninsula. We understand that this has now been renegotiated to 10 roads and tracks and we have lost access to Tapa Bay through the future closure of the Tapa Bay Road”.
AFANT understands that during negotiations to settle the Kenbi Land Claim, agreement was reached by the NLC and the CLP Government that when road corridors are widened, due to the loss of granted land, access would be closed off to the public on other areas of the Cox Peninsula as part of a ‘and swap’ process.
“The future loss of permit free access through Tapa Bay Road has come about due to the planned widening of the Cox Peninsula Road. This raises serious concerns that in the future recreational fishermen will face further loss of access on the Cox Peninsula” said AFANT Executive Office Tristan Sloan.
AFANT prides itself in showing leadership in addressing issues that affect recreational fishing in the Northern Territory and believes unless transparency is at the forefront of CLP Government communication with recreational anglers there will continue to be distrust over future land settlements with indigenous owners.
A map of these access road can be seen by clicking on the link below.