THE Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT Inc (AFANT) has made minor amendments to the code of angler conduct for the Mary River and Chambers and Finke Bays.
“After discussion and feedback on the code of conduct, AFANT has made some minor changes and would like to make it clear that the code is voluntary and nothing in the code overrides an individual’s obligation or responsibility to abide by existing fisheries or boating/marine safety legislation or regulations,” said AFANT Executive Officer Craig Ingram.
“Specifically in relation to the one-way traffic system proposed for the Tommycut cut-through, AFANT put forward the proposed new arrangements because of our real concern with the safety of vessels and passengers using the cut-through and potential risk of collision.”
“AFANT would like all fishers and boaters to be fully aware that all vessels and operators are still required to obey current boating and marine safety regulations. They should always travel at a safe speed, give way when required and be aware that other vessels may still be operating in the same area.”
“AFANT intends to work with the relevant authorities to formalise a permanent and regulated solution to the safety issues on the Tommycut cut-through” Mr Ingram said.