Fisheries enforcement is the responsibility of the NT Water Police.
Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for enforcement of quota managed fisheries for offshore snapper and offshore net and line. Go to the AFMA website.
Fisheries inspectors and Aboriginal marine rangers have an important role in managing fishing compliance. Read below to find out more.
How to report
Fisheries inspectors are appointed by the minister. Their role is to assist in:
- conservation and management of a fishery
- enforcement of the following:
- Fisheries Act 1988
- Fisheries Regulation 1992
- Barramundi fishery management plan 1998
- Doctors Gully aquatic life reserve management plan 1993
- East point aquatic life reserve management plan 1993
- Mud crab fishery management plan 2006
- Pearl oyster culture industry management plan 1998
- Spanish mackerel fishery management plan 2004.
If a fisheries inspector believes on reasonable grounds that a person is engaged in taking fish or aquatic life, they may request:
- your name and address
- number of the licence or permit (if any)
- to examine any fishing gear the fisheries inspector believes is being used.
Inspectors must produce evidence that they are a fisheries inspector authorised to exercise the power.
Aboriginal marine rangers
Aboriginal marine rangers may be appointed as fisheries inspectors. Marine rangers actively patrol their sea country and are authorised to investigate:
- fishing activities
- equipment, and any
- suspected illegal activity.
They are able to prepare evidence for police to act on the matter if enforcement is needed.
For more information contact the water police on 08 8947 0391.
Last updated: 11 August 2021
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