News

Grey nurse sharks discovered in NT waters

A population of grey nurse sharks that have been discovered just off the coast of the Tiwi Islands in Northern Territory waters. 

A decades worth of McArthur River Mine lead-zinc spills

An ABC News story featured online this week, saw former crewmen who worked on a McArthur River Mine barge, transporting lead-zinc concentrate, say that they have witnessed regular spills of the product overboard for a decade.  

Coral Bleaching in Northern Australia

Widespread coral bleaching is forecast for waters off the Northern Australia coast, due to above-average sea surface temperatures that occurred in late 2018.      

Bynoe Harbour Warming

Bynoe Harbour is a popular fishing destination. However, local fishing guide Graeme Williams has noticed an alarming trend - the waters are warming and this is impacting Barramundi.

A big threat to the Roper River

Right now, two of the Territory’s most precious places - the Roper River and Limmen Bight Marine Park - are at risk from the destructive impacts of this big mining.  100 tonne road trains, 8000 tonne barges, industrial ship loading facilities and 2 billion litre water extraction plans are all coming to the Roper River and Maria Island soon.

Timely New Report

A timely new report Economic Values of the Northern Territory Marine and Coastal Environments was launched at Parliament House on Thurs 7th June. Authored by some of Australia’s leading ecological economists this report shows that our coastal waters support over 6,000 jobs and contributes $2billion annually to the economy. This new report shows what is at risk if we fail to adequately manage and protect Top End coasts. Download the report here today.

Big news on seabed mining

BREAKING: extension of seabed mining moratorium news welcome, but only a permanent ban will protect Top End coasts and lifestyle. Just like taking a bulldozer to the sea floor, destructive seabed mining threatens our Top End coasts and lifestyle. It has never been allowed before in Australia, but we know that there are many locations across the Territory coast where seabed mining has already been approved or where applications to mine exist. These include the mouth of the Daly River, Limmen Bight, and the seas surrounding Galiwinku and much of the Wessel Islands. Sign the petition asking the Gunner Government to ban seabed mining for good. Destructive seabed mining would decimate our marine life, pollute our waters, threaten our fishing and destroy sites of cultural significance. The Gunner Government is looking at seabed mining and considering its future in the Territory. This is exactly the moment they need to hear from you. Please sign the petition today. The NT coasts are some of the last healthy tropical waters in the world - with mangroves, coral reefs and seagrasses, home to turtles, dugongs and huge schools of fish. These waters are also at the heart of our Top End way of life and fishing lifestyle. It’s time for a permanent ban on seabed mining in Territory waters. Please sign the petition today. You can see the areas most at risk from seabed mining below: 

Community groups welcome extension of seabed mining moratorium but call for permanent ban

The moratorium extension on seabed mining, as reported today, is a great win for Territorians, but community groups say only a permanent ban will safeguard our coasts and lifestyle.

Incredible support for Top End coasts

Submissions have closed & more than 500 online messages and 2200 postcards have been delivered to the Gunner Government calling for action to secure a healthy future for our Top End coasts. Congratulations! Thanks to Minister for Environment Lauren Moss for giving Territorians the opportunity to have their say on the NT Coastal and Marine Management Strategy.

Community letter hits households

A new community letter is hitting letterboxes across Darwin this week.   

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