FTO Comments Paper

To all members

The attached document is the NTGFIA official response to the December comments paper.

Presidents letter

FFF Catches

GFISMSC paper Comment

Due to the size of the response and number of guides,we will be only sending hard copy by mail to those without email addresses, we would appreciate all email recipients responding in two ways.

1 Save the document then insert your details at the top in the space provided.
forward as an attachment to fisheries@nt.gov.au email should mark att Roz Vulcano.

2 Copy the attachment add your details and send by mail to

Director Strategic Projects.Fisheries
Department of Resources.
GPO Box 3000.
Darwin N T 0801.

Note that if you wish to respond differently,and we encourage your views then please comment,ref the section and forward.
The NTGFIA are advising you to do this as soon as possible.

Regards Graeme Williams
Executive NTGFIA

Fishing in Kakadu

We have prepared an information “fact sheet” on commercial fishing tours relevant to Kakadu which would be great if it could be circulated to industry operators. I have attached the file below for your use.

FTO Info for guided sportfishing 2008-13

Some of the issues that our compliance officers are encountering in recent times include:
• Some FTOs are suspected to be operating in Kakadu without a current permit
• Some FTOs based in Point Stuart area are suspected to be conducting tours into the Wildman River within Kakadu.
• Some FTOs aren’t familiar with their Kakadu permit conditions
• Some FTOs are using their commercial tour vessels for “private use” within Kakadu. This is strongly discouraged as it potentially compromises their businesses as they may be perceived to be operating illegally without a permit. It also ties up our compliance patrol resources.

There will be an increase in our compliance checks this upcoming season leading to the run-off, with possible penalties issued. New regulations came into place in June 2010 which now included “on the spot” fines for unauthorised commercial activity and breaches of other fishing regularities.

If the information could be sent out to your members by e-mail as well as where necessary by land-mail with your next news letter, we would be very appreciative.

Yours thankfully,
Brett Manders
Tourism Services Officer
Kakadu National Park
PO. Box 71
N.T. 0886
Ph. 08 8938 1170
Fax. 08 8938 1115