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Fishos at the Ready

NT Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Ken Vowles is pleased to let fishermen know the Daly River Fish Management Zone will reopen for barramundi fishing.

NT Minister Vowles said fishing provides significant economic benefits in attracting tourists to the Territory which stimulates the economy and is an integral part of Territory’s unique lifestyle.

“This is the best wet season the Top End has seen in recent years and if current conditions continue it will be a great run-off,” Mr Vowles said.

“A good wet season helps the small fish by providing food and nutrients, and it also brings the bigger fish together so they’re concentrated in smaller areas, which is great for fishermen.”

Mr Vowles said anglers need to be aware of the Daly River Fish Management Zone regulations, which limit possession to three barramundi per person, with a minimum size of 55 cm and a maximum size of 90 cm.

“The Daly River is world-renowned for metre-plus barramundi; these barramundi are the big breeders which help repopulate the river, so please release large fish unharmed to make sure they can continue to reproduce.

“The NT government will ensure sensible management of fish stocks to promote sustainability.

“Fishermen have one more month to catch a prize fish through the Million Dollar Fish competition, the competition closes on February 28 2017, so get out on the water and enjoy,” Mr Vowles said.

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