Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, welcomed the decision by the Northern Land Council to extend the Blue Mud Bay agreement for another 12 months.
Mr Vowles said the extension means that, until 31 December 2018, fishers can continue to access inter-tidal waters in areas that may not yet have a Blue Mud Bay access agreement.
“This provides a further 12 months to develop and implement more permanent access arrangements,” Mr Vowles said. “This extension has come about through negotiations between the NLC, NT Government, NT Seafood Council, AFANT and NT Guided Fishing Industry Association.”
The NT Government has identified three priority areas for negotiating permit-free access; the lower Finniss River, the Roper River and the Mini Mini Murganella area.
“Over the next year we will continue to be part of negotiations to reach a more permanent arrangement for access to waters affected by the Blue Mud Bay decision,” Mr Vowles said. “By working together, we can meet the aspirations of Aboriginal people and provide certainty about ongoing access to fishers.”
Source: NT Government