Tag: Fishing

Crocs can always see you, stay alert when fishing

Stay safe and stay alert while you are fishing, you never know who might be watching!

A salties eyes are close together and point forwards, meaning they can judge distance very accurately. They see extremely well during the day and night. They have a protective, transparent, extra eyelid which moves across their eye when they go under the water.  This means that they can see above or below the surface quite well.

A saltie has extra nerve endings on its belly and jaw. It can feel fish swimming past them in murky water and doesn’t need to see them to be able to catch them.

Crocs can stay hidden while they hunt, they can see you standing on the water’s edge or in the boat but you will not be able to see them.

Find lots of #becrocwise hints and tips at www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au

Pictured: British backpacker, 23, who is the first to be killed by a sea snake in Australia

A British backpacker killed by a sea snake in Australia has been remembered as a kind-hearted young man who made everyone laugh.

Harry Evans died on Thursday just two hours after he was bitten while working on a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory, near the remote island of Groote Eylandt.

The 23-year-old was the first person ever to die from a sea snake bite in Australia, and would have been saved if he had received anti-venom in time.

British man dies after being bitten by a sea snake off Groote Eylandt

A British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake while working on a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory coast.

Northern Territory Police said the 23-year-old was bitten while pulling up a net about 12:00pm on Thursday, about 70 nautical miles south of Groote Eylandt.

A CareFlight helicopter crew and ships in the area rushed to help but were unable to save the man.

Melville Bay Boat Ramp Update

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club wishes to update residents regarding the Melville Bay Community Boat Ramp Project.

As reported earlier this month, unfortunately due to a mechanical breakdown, some of the low tide civil construction work was not able to be finished. Planning is now underway to complete these final major civil tasks between the 10th to 12th of September.

Following a recent site inspection, and in the best interest of public safety, the western ramp is to remain closed until Friday the 14.09.2018. Unfinished sea wall rock and concrete works are not yet completed and metal starter bars are exposed at the end of the new ramp slab. The single ramp will remain open other than the September exclusion period.

The photo attached to this update shows the formation of the new access channel that will allow zero tide access on the western ramp. This work will be completed in September. If boat operators using the single ramp wish to access the carpark beach, please keep 50 metres away from the rock sea wall in all directions.

The club will soon announce a public meeting to provide important information as to improvements at this facility, access channel work and markers and other details that will assist boat owners when the new ramp opens.

The following is an update for ramp access for August and September :

Single ramp : remains open until 6pm Sunday 09.09.2018.

Ramp exclusion : 6pm Sunday 09.09.18 to 9am Thursday 13.09.2018 (all ramps and access roadway)
Single ramp : reopen 9am Thursday 13.09.18
Double ramp : reopen 6pm Friday 14.09.18
Pontoon : reopen 6pm Friday 14.09.18

For your own safety the general public is asked to follow instructions of authorised site contractors, all project signage, and traffic/work site bollards that have been deployed.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Please call 0417 879 031 for all enquiries.

Supporting Recreational Fishing = Supporting Jobs in the Territory

13 August 2018

The Darwin Game Fishing Club has received a $50,000 grant from the Territory Labor Government to support the costs of running the Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show, which highlights the goods and services offered by local businesses.

The money was granted through the government’s new $1 million Recreational Fishing Grants Scheme, which Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, announced in May this year. The grant scheme is part of the Territory Labor Government’s election commitment of a $50 million investment in recreational fishing.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“Investing in recreational fishing is an investment in growing our economy – in 2010 the recreational fishing sector was valued at $80 million. The industry supports jobs in regional and remote areas, and growing the sector will create more jobs.

“The Recreational Fishing Grants scheme provides funding for a range of projects that support the growth of recreational fishing, from educational programs and fishing clinics to habitat restoration and minor fishing infrastructure projects – things such as fish-cleaning tables and fishing shelters.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show is a one-stop shop for fishing, travel and outdoor needs, and the perfect place to find everything you need to enjoy our great Territory lifestyle. Heaps of local businesses will be there, and my Department of Primary Industry and Resources will have an NT Fisheries stand with everything you need to know about fishing.

“So whether you like fishing, camping, boating or simply travelling through our astonishing landscapes, this is the place to be. Get down to Marrara Stadium from August 18-19 and support the local businesses taking part.”

Quotes from Darwin Game Fishing Club Event Coordinator, Debbie Halpin:

“The NT Government support was critical to the continuation of this event, which is now in its fourth year and will be focusing on Top End businesses, including Darwin, Groote Eylandt and East Arnhem.

“The Darwin Boat, Travel and Leisure Show will provide the community with the opportunity to find all their boating, camping and leisure needs in one spot, and will feature the biggest display of boats in one place in the NT.

“The Berkley Super Tank will again be on display and you will be able to see how barramundi react to lures in a 30-foot Perspex tank.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

Indigenous fisherman in remote Arnhem Land aims to expand

A Top End Indigenous fisherman hopes to expand his business with the purchase of a boat, establishing a processing facility and catching crayfish.

Don Wilton and his crew of 13 fishermen use a large shore-based net to work the waters near the Arnhem Land community of Maningrida.

He is one of only a handful of people in the Northern Territory with an Aboriginal Coastal Fishing Licence.