The Northern Land Council (NLC) has defended a new “registration” process for entry to Aboriginal-owned waters and the rights of traditional owners to close them to public access.
- Online registration will be required for anglers fishing the Top End’s intertidal zones from today
- The NT’s peak fishing body says the process was equivalent to a permit system
- The intertidal zones were recognised as exclusively Aboriginal owned in a 2008 High Court decision
The new system has been met with opposition from the Northern Territory’s peak fishing body, which blames the government for what it describes as the “very disappointing” developments.
From today, the NLC says online registration will be required for anglers fishing the Top End’s…