The NT is currently facing one of its biggest challenges in fisheries management with the real problems that have developed around the sustainability of coastal reef fish golden snapper and black jewfish stocks in areas of high population (mostly limited to areas around Darwin).
What is clear is that real and significant action needs to be taken by all sectors; recreational, charter operators and commercial, to reduce the harvest and effort on the stocks as well as increasing the egg production to a level that will ensure future generations can enjoy these great fish within reach of population centres like Darwin.
NT fisheries through 2012-13 have released a number of papers seeking input to regulation changes to address the reef fish sustainability issues.
This is the AFANT submission on the second consultation paper submitted on the 11th November 2013
More information and the full fisheries consultation paper can be found at the NT fisheries website http://www.nt.gov.au/d/Fisheries/rfc/index.cfm?pg=recommendations