The Northern Territory Guided Fishing Industry AGM will be held 7 p.m. at the Nightcliff Sports Club  on Wednesday the 13th of November. All FTO Members and Non members are welcome.

Fishery Scientist, Thor Saunders will be there to outline proposals and reasoning behind Closures,Personal Possession Limits,changes to Species limits  and Vessel limits.

Phil hall the Aquatic resource management officer for Recreational Fishing will update members on the progress to changes in how we operate and the new Electronic reporting system.

Steve Sly  Fisheries Departmental Officer will outline where the Government is at with the Tiwi Island Closure and The Finniss River Closure.

David Taylor  from the Australian Insurance Council will be there to outline changes to the Employee/Sub contract Guide relationship recently introduced.

The AGM will commence after these key speakers,many of these issues are of concern to our industry and it is your chance to raise those concerns.

All positions on the NTGFIA Committee become vacant,if you wish to nominate or endorse someone else for any position please email me with the details,nominations need to be in 7 days prior to the AGM

Membership is voluntary and we strongly encourage you to join, supporting the Association is your voice for our future.Forms will be available on the night , you can also access the NTGFIA web site and fill out the application there,the Membership fee for 2014 is $50.00

The President Greg Murdock  will outline  the NTGFIA  position on the current comment paper which closes 2 days after the AGM.

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Graeme Williams  Executive NTGFIA

NTGFIA position on the Fisheries Discussion Paper

The Dept of Primary Industry and Fisheries have released a paper for comment,these comments are sought for proposals that revolve around Area Closures and Bag limit adjustments to managed species .This paper is on the Fisheries website

It is very important you commit the time to submit their online questionnaire before mid November.

There are 90 Licences for FTO’S current,on the previous discussion paper into our industry, due to be implemented in the New Year,a total of 13 submissions were received,not all were Guides.

If you do not agree with the Governments proposals then the only way is to have your say,otherwise they will do what they propose.

We have provided the NTGFIA position on the questions Read more

NT Fisheries Consultaion Paper

From Fisheries web site:-

Protecting our Reef Fish and the quality of our recreational fishery

A recent analysis of all scientific evidence concerning key reef fish identified black jewfish and golden snapper at high risk of depletion due to increasing fishing.  This second consultation paper has been developed by DPIF following consultation with the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC). The release of the paper is to facilitate involvement of the public and to seek input to the development of the best package of management options for the recreational fishing sector. It assesses issues and explores a range of management tools before proposing new controls, primarily for a range of reef fish species. At the same time it is appropriate to also identify and consider controls for other species to ensure the quality of fishing is maintained or enhanced into the future.

Submissions are invited on the issues raised in this discussion paper. All submissions will be collated and presented to the Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries for consideration.

View consultation paper and have your say

Framework to harvest small pelagic fish and squid

The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) is exploring the potential for developing a formal management framework to harvest small pelagic fish and squid. The attached Read more

Quail Island Air Weapons Range

Please find attached Newsletter No. 11 for the Quail Island Air Weapons Range Hazard Reduction Project.  Read more

Finniss River Closure – Sign

There has been a sign put on the bank of the Finniss Read more

National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels

The following are questions raised with the federal regulator in regards to AMSA

The federal system for surveyed vessels is due to be introduced as of the 1st July 2013

5m and under being used to take paying clients fishing,considering there are many operators at lodges mother ships etc. with 5 m vessels Read more

Inpex Activities

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National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels

The National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels will commence on 1 July 2013. Read more

NT Fisheries research: Barotrauma in golden snapper

NT Fisheries have been doing some research into the effects of barotrauma on golden snapper and I thought that some of your members may be interested.
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AFANT statement on the Finniss River closure

The Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT Inc. (AFANT) has been working behind the scenes in an attempt to resolve the issues at the centre of the Finniss River closure. Over recent weeks AFANT has had discussions with all parties involved including some of the traditional owners, the Northern Land Council and the Northern Territory Government. Read more

Media Release – Industry Announcement Marine Management Plans

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Finniss Closure

The situation regarding the closure of the upstream area of the Finniss River has huge ramifications. Read more

NT Govt Media Release – Finniss River

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Recreational Fishing Possession limits Paper Response January 2013

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Important Notice – changes into the NT Guided Fishing Industry Whitepaper

To All Fishing Tour Operators   Important Notice.

The Government has released the White Paper for the implementation of changes into the NT Guided Fishing Industry,this document available on the Fisheries website is a culmination of 5 years of negotiations commencing in November 2008.

What this means to you Read more

2012 AGM Minutes

AGM 2012




Nightcliff Sports Club            20th November 2012 7pm


The President, Greg Murdock welcomed Kane Dysart from Primary Industry and Fisheries and Sri Srinivas from Marine Survey.

Kane spoke at length on the new Read more

Tiwi Island Closure

The recent announcement by the Tiwi to close the majority of the Bathurst Melville Islands coastline to all recreational fishers

The Tiwi island closure needs to be put in perspective,3 years ago the TLC stopped negotiating with the Government over Blue Mud Bay at the same time they placed a permit system on Rec fishers,The TLC denied any access to FTO,s. Read more

2012 AGM Agenda

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Letter to Director of Fisheries re:Amendments to Barramundi Management Plan

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