Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles
Boat Ramp Surveys Underway
Victor P Taffa
Second part of the Northern Territory Government’s new recreational fishing survey has begun, with surveys taking place at boat ramps across the Northern Territory.
“Territory Government is investing a huge amount of money in the recreational fishing sector to ensure the Territory remains at the top of the list when it comes to world-class fishing destinations.” Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles said.
“This will boost the sector and those industries that support it, meaning jobs for Territorians.”
Survey is part of the Northern Territory Government’s $50 Million investment in recreational fishing, which will help boost the sector and create jobs.
Telephone surveys have already begun, through which fishos are invited to take part in a 12-month diary program where they record their fishing effort.
“Data collected through the new recreational fishing survey will not only help the fishos get the most out of the Territory Government’s investment it is also critical for the effective, sustainable management of our fisheries.” Assistant Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Jeff Collins said.
Boat ramp surveys will involve Fisheries NT staff asking anglers about their day on the water, to provide a more complete picture of recreational fishing activity in the Territory by both Territorians and visitors.
Recreational fishing survey will provide Fisheries NT with the most up-to-date data on fishing effort, including the number of people who fish, where and when they go fishing, the species of fish they target, and how much time and money they invest in the activity.
“I encourage all fishers to do their bit to participate in the boat ramp surveys, and help Fisheries NT collect this vital information.” AFANT executive officer David Ciaravolo said.
A final report from the surveys will be publicly available. All information provided by survey respondents will remain confidential.
AFANT Amateur Fisherman’s Association of The Northern Territory
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