Media Release: Top End coasts a winner with Federal investment
Posted by Connor Slight · December 15, 2022 7:39 AM
Top End conservationists, fishers and Traditional Owners have welcomed the Federal Government’s budget allocation to marine protection in the Northern Territory, but have warned that a greater investment is needed if we are to secure the unique cultural, conservation and fishing values of the Top End’s coasts.
Congratulations to the new Chief Minister Natasha Fyles!
Posted by Connor Slight · June 14, 2022 12:47 PM
Congratulations to Natasha Fyles on your new role as Chief Minister!
From the opposition benches on 24 July 2016, Natasha Fyles led Labor's announcement for a strong plan to protect NT coasts as well as deliver a strong management plan for Limmen Bight Marine Park, amongst others. This was a pivotal moment for the health of the Top End.
Almost 6 years later, Minister Fyles is leading the NT Government and we are well down the path of delivering on this plan, but with more work to be done.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Chief Minister and her new Cabinet for our coasts.
Media Release: NT Circular Economy Strategy 2022-27
Posted by Connor Slight · April 28, 2022 6:18 PM
An alliance of leading environmental groups have welcomed the release of the Northern Territory Government’s NT Circular Economy Strategy 2022-2027, describing it as an important step towards cleaning up the territory’s rivers and coasts.
MEDIA RELEASE: Environment groups welcome ambitious draft NT Parks Masterplan
Posted by Connor Slight · April 20, 2022 7:25 AM
The Keep Top End Coasts Healthy alliance has welcomed the release of the NT Government’s draft Parks Masterplan 2052 but warns that an increase in investment is needed if its ambitious goals are to be met.
NT barramundi fishery application must be rejected
Posted by Connor Slight · January 25, 2022 1:26 PM
The NT Commercial Barra fishery is currently looking to expand its industry and begin exporting overseas. This industry is already highly destructive, any expansion will be devastating for our NT marine life. We know this expansion would be highly destructive because the fisheries’ own data shows it poses a ‘severe’ and ‘high’ risk to several threatened, endangered and protected species. These are highly valued animals such as Sawfish, Dolphins and Turtles that will continue getting tangled in fishing nets!
MEDIA RELEASE: Community come together for Top End sharks
Posted by Connor Slight · September 10, 2021 12:09 PM
Community come together for Top End sharks following devastating report on plight of the species.Friday 10th September 2021
The Top End’s unique position as a global “lifeboat” for some of the world’s most endangered sharks and rays fighting extinction will come under the spotlight at a special event in Darwin on Friday 10 September.
Special guests Dr Peter Kyne from Charles Darwin University, Australian Marine Conservation Society shark scientist Dr Leonardo Guida and Mitch Hart from Pew Charitable Trusts, will all be giving first hand accounts of the Northern Territory's shark and sawfish species and the threats they face before a screening of Valerie Taylor - Playing With Sharks at Deckchair Cinema.
The Keep Top End Coasts Healthy (KTECH) event is timed just days after the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revealed that 37.5% of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, up from 24% in 2014.
Although there are still threats and challenges in Australia, our country - and particularly the Top End with its intact coastline - is still considered a lifeboat for many species, including critically endangered sawfish and endangered river sharks.
Dr Guida said: “One third of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction & northern Australia is the last stronghold for species like sawfish, illustrating the urgency of strengthening protections and recovery plans for this species in national environment laws and in fishing rules.
“We want to keep Top End coasts and rivers healthy for all to enjoy, and this includes the marine wildlife which help to keep it that way, and which are such a source of pride for Territorians.”
At the event, Dr Kyne will explain more about his collaboration with the Malak Malak Rangers who annually undertake patrol and rescue operations to transfer trapped juvenile largetooth sawfish from shrinking billabongs and into the Daly river.
Mr Hart will speak about how big cotton players are pushing to take billions of litres of water from NT floodplains, threatening rivers and their wildlife including sawfish species.
The Valerie Taylor - Playing With Sharks documentary profiles the passionate conservationist, who has been putting herself on the front line for sharks for over 70 years.
Doors open at 6pm, with speakers and the screening of a local short film at 6.40pm and the feature film beginning at 7pm. Event details are available here. The event is hosted by Keep Top End Coasts Healthy.