Northern Territory Recreational Fishing Awards 2017

Northern Territory Recreational Fishing Awards 2017

Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles

Celebrating Local Fishing Heroes And Unlocking The Industry’s Potential

Victor P Taffa

Recreational fishing is an important contributor to the Northern Territory (NT) economy and lifestyle which a 2010 government survey valued the sector at $80 Million a year.

To fully understand its current value and unlock its potential, the Northern Territory Government has commissioned a new recreational fishing survey as part of its $50 Million investment in recreational fishing.

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles made the announcement at the NT Recreational Fishing Awards last night, where Territory fishers reeled in a haul of trophies.

“Recreational fishing creates jobs, as does investing in recreational fishing infrastructure, and an updated survey will better inform decisions made for the industry.” Minister Vowles said.

“A telephone survey and on-site surveys at boat ramps and other strategic locations will take place over a 12-month period starting next year.”

AFANT CEO David Ciaravolo welcomed the news, saying updated information is critical to measure and understands the recreational fishery.

“We look forward to the new information guiding future management and development of recreational fishing in the Territory.” Mr. Ciaravolo said.

Funded by the NT Government, AFANT hosted the biennial NT Recreational Fishing Awards last night. The awards honour individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to recreational fishing.

“For nominees in these awards, fishing is not just a hobby, it is a passion and a lifestyle, and I congratulate everyone for their efforts.” Minister Vowles said.

“Winners were decided by the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee, which also provides input on how the Territory Government spends its $50 Million investment in recreational fishing infrastructure.”

NT Recreational Fishing Award winners were:

  1. Individual Award: Alex Julius
  2. Individual Youth Award: Charlotte Klose
  3. Fishing Tourism Award: Cobourg Fishing Safaris
  4. Media Award: NAFA – Alex Julius
  5. Fishing Competition Award: SWB Barra Challenge
  6. Research Award: Barra Team
  7. Mike Reed Award: Alex Julius

“It is important to recognise and celebrate the contributions of the people and organisations helping to develop and manage recreational fishing in the Territory.” Minister Vowles said.

“It is with their stewardship that we will be able to maximise the benefits of our amazing fishing resources.”

In a further boost for the industry, this year’s National Recreational Fishing Conference is taking place in Darwin today, and Minister Vowles will address the audience at the gala dinner this evening.

“Themes this year include sustainability and management of recreational fishing, and community involvement.” Minister Vowles said.

“These values are at the heart of our priorities, and an updated recreational fishing survey will help us better inform the decision-making process around them.”