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Executive Officer Position

i Nov 10th No Comments by

AFANT is seeking to appoint a new Executive Officer.

 AFANT is the well recognised and successful peak body representing 40,000 recreational anglers in the Northern Territory. The Executive Officer, working with the AFANT President and Committee, is responsible for all aspects of the association’s activities including its role as an advocate for recreational fishing and its involvement in fisheries and natural resource management processes.

Applicants will have tertiary qualifications in natural resource management or directly appropriate employment experience as well as being able to demonstrate an ability to deal effectively with government and fisheries stakeholders at all levels including fishing clubs and grass roots fishers. They will also need exceptional communications skills ranging from complex submission preparation through to direct media activities. AFANT is a not-for-profit association so the position requires strong organisational and priority setting skills and the ability to manage the legislative and reporting requirements of the NT Associations Act.

Detailed knowledge of recreational fishing industry and the issues involved in fishery management across recreational, commercial and indigenous fishing sectors is essential in this role.

An attractive remuneration package which includes a vehicle and superannuation will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on skills and experience.

The position is based in Darwin but will require travel in the Northern Territory and interstate. For more information about the role and the organisation or a full job description and selection criteria please contact Tristan Sloan on email via or phone 08 8945 6455 or 0415 471 600.

Please send a CV with a cover letter demonstrating your suitability for the role and a document addressing the key selection criteria to

Applications close on Sunday 27th November 2016.

Thank You to our Gone Fishing Day 2016 Sponsors

i Oct 21st No Comments by

AFANT would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the many business, organisations and people that contributed to the overall success of our 2016 Gone Fishing Day.

A special mention must be made to our primary financial sponsors the NT Government, Lake Bennett Resort , Vista Gold and ConocoPhillips Australia.

AFANT looks forward to an even more successful event for Gone Fishing Day 2017.

A full list and acknowledgement of all our sponsors can be found by clicking on the link below. We urge you as recreational fishermen to please support these local business that have shown such a commitment to recreational fishing.



AFANT Hosts NT Gone Fishing Day 2016

i Oct 4th No Comments by

The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the first ever NT Gone Fishing Day.

This first of its kind national event is set to celebrate one of the nation’s most participated leisure activities.  Gone Fishing Day 2016, to be held on Sunday the 16th of October, plans to highlight the economic, social and environmental benefits recreational fishing provides to the wider community. More than 100 events have already been registered for Gone Fishing Day with something happening in every State and Territory.  Events range from fishing clinics and family fishing days through to fishing tournaments and clean ups of our waterways, which means there is something to suit everyone from first time fishers to old salts.

As part of this great initiative AFANT is holding a free, family friendly event at the Lake Bennett Wildness Resort. As this is an artificial lake this is an ideal venue in which the general public can receive instruction on the use of fishing equipment and have the opportunity to catch numerous iconic NT fish species such as Barramundi, Tarpon and Sooty Grunter in a safe, easy accessible and crocodile free location.

Fishing gear will be provided for the use of the general public with a sausage sizzle, great prizes and giveaways. In addition, we have also arranged for numerous partner organizations such as NT Parks Crocwise, Department of Fisheries, Maritime Safety, Million Dollar Barra, NT Water Police and the Royal Lifesaving Association RiverSafe team to also attend this event. Registration is essential via the AFANT Facebook page with a schedule of events to be released shortly.

Your Vote for Recreational Fishing in the NT

i Aug 19th No Comments by

Recreational fishing is a prime lifestyle and cultural component of living in the Northern Territory with 25% of our population owning a boat and participating in this great sport of ours. The fisheries of the north are world class and the habitat that supports them is relatively pristine, allowing our $100 Million dollar economy based on recreational fishing to prosper.
AFANT believes that in order to ensure these fisheries and the great lifestyle we enjoy survives into the future we as anglers must be vocal about protecting, enhancing and supporting our fisheries.
Click on the link below to view our special AFANT Election Breakdown newsletter and a detailed summary of what each major political party is willing to fund to improve your recreational fishing experience in our AFANT Election Commitments document.

Please bear this in mind when you cast your vote on the 28th.

AFANT Election Commitments AFANT Election Breakdown

Mangroves die in the Limmen Bight

i Aug 9th No Comments by

AFANT has been very concerned by reports of the death of thousands of hectares of mangroves if the Limmen Bight and the Gulf of Carpentaria. These mangrove deaths threaten to have a severe impact on the Barramundi and Mud Crab Fisheries already under pressure in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

 AFANT has written to the Hon. Gary Higgins, Minister for the Environment expressing our concern and urging a scientific investigation by the Government into the cause of these mangrove die-offs.

 Long time AFANT member and fishing journalist Dick Eussen has written a story on the mangrove deaths which can be found by clicking on the link below.


Election commitments to enhance and improve Recreational Fishing in the Northern Territory

i Jul 28th No Comments by

Prior to 2016 Northern Territory election the Amateur Fishermen?s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT)  is seeking commitments from all major political parties to support  a variety of infrastructure projects and fisheries enhancement initiatives that we believe would significantly improve recreational fishing in the Northern Territory.  These projects and infrastructure suggestions have been divided into various categories for ease of reference ranging from Short Term/Low Cost Projects with often direct and immediate community benefits right through to Long Term/High Cost infrastructure and fisheries enhancement projects with significant regional and Northern Territory wide benefits.

The full document can be found by clicking on the link below.

Election Commitments for Recreational Fishing

Melville Bay East Arnhem Land Mud Wharf Community Project

i Jul 12th No Comments by
Work is now underway on the next Stage of the Community Boat Ramp works as part of the $500,000 commitment to upgrading the Mud Wharf facilities in Melville Bay.
Civil and engineering contractors have been utilising the extra low tides in the past 4 weeks to prepare the materials and rock foundations for the front of the existing sea wall for the next stage of the Project.
Further information provided by the Nhulunbuy Regional Sportfishing Club can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Recreational Fishing in the Federal Election

i Jun 30th No Comments by

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.

Federal Election 2016

Recreational anglers to lose access to Tapa Bay

i Jun 16th No Comments by

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.

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Kenbi Land Claim Permit free Access Roads

i May 11th No Comments by

The 11 roads and tracks on the Cox Peninsula used by recreational fishermen to aqccess fishing locations are to be managed by the Territory and excluded from the Kenbi land claim;
1. Cox Peninsula Road
2. Wagait Tower Road
3. Charles Point Road
4. Rankin Point track
5. Pioneer Beach track
6. Tapa Bay track
7. Mica Beach track
8. Masson Point track
9. Raft Point track
10. Harney’s Beach track
11. Keswick Point track

Kenbi Map 2