NT Govt offers $10 million to avoid fishing lock outs

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NT Primary Industries Minister Ken Vowles.

THE NT Government has made an offer in an attempt to prevent fishing closures across the NT coast, according to an item on the ABC Tales from the Tinny Facebook page.

"A $10 million package will help develop economic opportunities, create jobs and support work with the NLC and other fishing stakeholders." said Primary Industries Minister Ken Vowles.

"The Territory Government respects the legal right of Traditional Owners to manage access to their intertidal country following the High Court Blue Mud Bay decision, and the NLC has indicated it will introduce a permit system next year.

"The vast majority – two thirds - of recreational fishing activity in the NT occurs in waters that are not affected by the Blue Mud Bay ruling, including Darwin Harbour, Bynoe Harbour, Shoal Bay, Kakadu and Shady Camp.

Of the remaining third, 75 per cent of that fishing effort falls under existing permit-free agreements negotiated with the NT Government, such as Daly River, Nhulunbuy, Borroloola and Wadeye."

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