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Welcome to the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory Inc. Representing Top End recreational fishers since 1980

 

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NTG Must Act: Finniss River, Mini Mini Closed & Recreational Fishing Permits required for most NLC Waters from March 1

AFANT has called upon the Northern Territory Government to act promptly, in the interest of all Territorians, as fishers are locked out of some of the most popular and socially significant recreational fishing areas in the Top End for the first time. On Sunday...

Slow Down for Roadside Fishers

A unique Top End tradition, stopping by culverts, drains and creeks to check on the baitfish and cast a lure to temp a roadside barra is a popular activity for families, friends and solo fishers.

Tagging Recaptures Flooding In

Since the early wet season rains we have been seeing a real uptick in tagged fish being recaptured…

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To represent recreational fishing in the NT and ensure the quality of our sport.

Ensuring NT Fishers Have a Voice...

The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) is your representative on all matters recreational fishing. We ensure that the voices of recreational fishers are heard and not ignored. If there is a major issue or proposal that affects recreational fishing in the NT you can be assured that we’re on  it!

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AFANT works to ensure that the recreational fishing sector is represented on all important matters. 

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Know your limits...

Rules for recreational fishing in the Northern Territory are designed to ensure sustainability, optimal fishery performance, and the equitable sharing of community owned resources. Recreational fishers in the NT are proud custodians of their fisheries and aquatic environments, and there are high levels of compliance with all rules.

Heading out? Be prepared.

Being in control is a skippers responsibility and the most important part of a great day on the water is ensuring everyone makes it home safely to plan for the next adventure.

The Northern Territory has mandatory safety gear requirements  and rules to keep everyone safe on the water.  

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There is always a lot going on in the big wide world of NT fishing! Catch up with the latest news, issues, and media releases here. Or visit our News/Media page for the full archive.

Slow Down for Roadside Fishers

Slow Down for Roadside Fishers

A unique Top End tradition, stopping by culverts, drains and creeks to check on the baitfish and cast a lure to temp a roadside barra is a popular activity for families, friends and solo fishers.

Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
What a sight to see! ‘The Cherabin March’🦞

River flow is an integral part of a Cherbins breeding cycle, with the hatched larvae using heavy wet season flow to travel down-stream to the salt water environment. Here they complete their development before moving back up-stream to take up residence in the fresh water.

So great to see this March of the Cherabin captured by Banyan Farm - Daly River 👏🏼👏🏼
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
Banyan Farm - Daly River
Juvenile Cherabin moving upstream in search of places to grow
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
Who is up for a morning clean up, low tide on Sunday?
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Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
Amateur Fishermen's Association NT (AFANT)
A welcome announcement from the Minister for Recreational Fishing ( Paul Kirby: Member for Port Darwin ) marking the NT Government's first acknowledgement since Monday, that fishers have indeed lost access to some of the fishing areas that we most love and care for.

It is a most welcome development that the Minister has now written to the Northern Land Council seeking to ensure that consultation with Traditional Owners on long term access agreements can take place.

Yesterday, AFANT met with and wrote to the Minister. We also wrote to the Chief Minister, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Agribusiness and Aquaculture and the Minister for Tourism to make it clear that AFANT is simply seeking that working through the correct NLC channels, the Government offers Traditional Owners the opportunity to consider agreements for access, whether with or without a registration or permit, so long as Traditional Owners receive benefits in the form of funds, rangers and infrastructure, and recreational fishers receive more certainty.

All of this must of course fully respect that in accordance with the 2008 Blue Mud Bay Decision of the High Court of Australia, Traditional Owners have exclusive title to their intertidal waters and rivers, and this means that Traditional Owners alone have the right to choose.

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