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.
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.
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
Last month the Kenbi land claim covering Cox Peninsula and Bynoe Harbour, one of Australia’s longest-running land claims was resolved.
AFANT is pleased to report that these negotiations resulted in no detriment or loss of access for recreational fishing. 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.
A full scale map showing sacred sites and any access restrictions can be found by clicking the link below.
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.
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.