Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss
$1 Million Fish Boost Reels In Tourism And Jobs
Victor P Taffa
World’s best fishing competition returns for an extended fourth season with more chances than ever to catch a $1 Million fish.
This year’s competition will see the number of $1 Million fish increased to 5, which is expected to reel in fishing fanatics to the Territory and give a boost to tourism and local tourism operators and create jobs.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the $1 Million Fish competition was helping to secure the Territory’s place among the world’s most renowned fishing destinations.
“Tourism in the Territory directly and indirectly employs more than 16,000 people and the Territory Government is working hard to attract new visitors to enjoy our tourism experiences and create local jobs.” Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said.
“$1 Million Fish competition has helped boost the Northern Territories reputation as one of the best places in the world to fish and season four has been extended with more chances to catch a prize winning fish.”
Extended season runs from 1 October 2018-31 March 2019.
Once the first major prize fish is caught, the remaining 4 $1 Million fish will become $10,000 fish.
“Tagged barra can be caught during the competition season in all of the 5 regions including Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land regions all prime Territory fishing and tourism destinations.” BetEasy Strategic Partnerships Manager Brad Fanning said.
If the $1 Million fish is not caught within the competition timeframe, all 5 fish will remain active post-competition between 31 March 2019-30 September 2019, with the first to be caught awarding the participant $1 Million.
There will also be 100 fish worth $10,000 each, and a special new category of 20 fish, with purple tags, worth $2,500 cash to the angler plus $2,500 to a Territory-based charity.
“Competition is a great way to experience the Territory’s pristine waterways.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said.
Territory-based charities are selected by BetEasy are the Northern Territory Cancer Council, the Northern Territory Star Ball and the Junior Indigenous Guide Program.
“All fishos should get on the competition website to register.” Million Dollar Fish Campaign Ambassador and Mate of the Territory Matthew Hayden said.
Minister Moss thanked BetEasy for continuing its relationship with the Territory and providing the cash prizes.
$1 Million Fish Season 4 has received strong support from sponsors including:
- Big Fish Gear,
- Club Marine,
- Holidays of Australia,
- Iron Jack,
- Tourism Top End.