Casting the future of recreational fishing

  • 06 November 2023

The Recreational Fishing Development Plan (RFDP) 2023 – 2033 has been released today providing critical support and guidance for the recreational fishing sector over the next decade.

The RFDP is a comprehensive plan, which sets out the key objectives identified by the community, recreational fishing industry representatives, and the Northern Territory Government to ensure we maintain a capable, confident and sustainable sector.

The plan was developed in consultation with the NT’s Ministerial Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC), the Amateur Fisherman’s Association of the NT (AFANT), the NT Guided Fishing Industry Association (NTGFIA), with the four key outcomes based on feedback provided from the community.

Stakeholders were invited to have their say at each step of the innovative 12‑month planning process with interviews, workshops, and submissions capturing the input of hundreds of people and key organisations to ensure a genuinely grassroots plan ‘for fishers, by fishers’.

The RFDP is available as a ‘live’ online framework, providing an accessible and transparent way for industry and recreational fishers to share ongoing feedback over the decade.

Recreational fishing is an enormous draw card to the Territory and a signature pastime for Territorians with the sector directly generating $144 million and a further $126 million indirectly annually for the local economy.

Over the next 10 years, the Territory Government will work with the community and industry to ensure our coastlines and waterways remain abundant with fish stocks, strengthen relationships in the industry and broaden recreational fishing opportunities across the Territory.

Territorians are encouraged to check out the RFDP Recreational fishing development plan | Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

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