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2017 AFANT Annual General Meeting

i Apr 12th No Comments by

The 2017 AFANT Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday April 2, at Tracy Village.

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It was great to see AFANT Members and supporters turn out to catch up on the year that was, and to take a look at the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.  Elections saw Warren de With returned as President, Scotty Mitchell returned as Secretary, and Megan Brown re-elected to the Committee.

Following the formalities, special guest NT Fisheries Minister Hon. Ken Vowles gave an update on the Territory Government’s commitment to invest $50M into recreational fishing infrastructure and other projects. The Minister announced the roll out of fast-tracks for projects including upgrading the Shady Camp ramp, sealing the carpark at Dundee boat ramp, upgrades to facilities and security at Dinah Beach ramp, repairs to the Corroboree Billabong road, as well as consultancies tasked with investigating Artificial Reef building, FAD deployment and new land-based fishing infrastructure.

The meeting also featured a presentation from Inquiry Chair Justice Rachel Pepper, outlining the process of the Independent Inquiry into Fracking, and CDU Associate Professor David Crook, who delivered an update on his exciting project, which uses sonic tags to track barramundi movements in the Roper River. These presentations were highly informative and engaging, with many questions coming from the floor.

Members and guests enjoyed a free BBQ lunch and took the chance to catch up, while AFANT spoke with the waiting TV media. Thanks again to all who attended and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next AGM in about 12 months time!

Click the Image to Download the AFANT The Annual Report Jan – Dec 2016.2017 AFANT Annual Report


Media Release – Executive Officer Appointment

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Media Release EO appointment

Executive Officer Position

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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

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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

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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

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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