First Discussion Paper Released On Coastal And Marine Management Strategy

First Discussion Paper Released On Coastal And Marine Management Strategy

Northern Territory Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss

Public Consultation Begins On Inaugural Coastal And Marine Management Strategy

Victor P Taffa

Territorians are being asked to have their say on the protection and management of our precious marine and coastal environments over the next decade.

Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Lauren Moss, today released a discussion paper on the Territory’s first ever Coastal and Marine Management Strategy, working on a key election commitment.

“Our coastal and marine environments are of great cultural, social and economic significance to Territorians and we need to ensure we are managing them well for this and future generations.” Minister Moss said.

Coastal and Marine Management Strategy will provide guidance to managers and decision makers, clarity to stakeholders and sets a 10-year direction for the management of the coastal and marine environments of the Northern Territory.

“As we promised Territorians, it will be based on science and the views of the community, and will give us a solid framework for ensuring the health and viability of our coastline, guiding our efforts to sustainably manage growing demands on our natural resources and foster sustainable industry for the benefit of the economy.” Minister Moss said.

“It will have a focus on boosting recreational fishing opportunities, preventing pollution of our waterways, fostering sustainable industries and supporting the Territory’s unique lifestyle.”

“This is an important conversation about some of our most important assets and I encourage all Territorians to have their say.”

Discussion Paper out for community consideration asks for feedback on identified environmental, social, cultural and economic values and benefits of the Territory’s coasts and seas, roles and responsibility for managing these areas, and the challenges faced in managing this extensive multi-use environment.

A Partnership Group with representatives from land councils, the fishing industry and environment groups has also been established to provide valuable insight into developing the strategy.

Coastal and Marine Management Strategy is expected to be completed and released in June.