The Territory’s first ever plan to protect the Top End coasts is welcomed. Today the NT Government released the NT Coastal and Marine Management Strategy, delivering on one of their most important election commitments.
The Northern Territory has lagged far behind all other Australian states with its glaring lack of marine conservation and management, until today. The Gunner Government’s Coastal and Marine Management Strategy sets a new course for the planning, protection and management of the region’s coasts and seas. This is a great first step, but with threats on the rise, we need to get on with the job urgently.
Graeme Williams of Insight Fly Fishing and former CEO NT Guided Fishing Industry Association said: “We’ve got some of the best fishing in the country and it relies on a healthy environment. I’ve been fishing the Territory for 30 years and I’m increasingly concerned about the degradation I’m seeing,”
“There are many places where the fishing isn’t as good as it used to be. We must turn this around if we’re going to protect our lifestyle as well as our livelihoods.”
“The multi-million dollar fishing tourism industry is at risk if we fail to invest in protecting the health of the environment.”
Paul Arnold, photographer and bush explorer and Ambassador Keep Top End Coasts Health, said: “With impacts mounting from coral bleaching, pollution, destructive mining practices, dam proposals, and more,
we’ve no time to waste. Threats are on the rise and we are seeing signs of decline - we need to act urgently and get on with the job,”
“I congratulate the NT Government on its development of the Territory’s first ever comprehensive plan to safeguard the Territory coasts. This is the first step, now the real work begins in its implementation,”
“The real test of this strategy is how it will be implemented across the Territory, ensuring that our unique and precious coasts are protected for future generations. We look forward to working with the Gunner Government to ensure this new vision is properly resourced, managed and ultimately, a success.”
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