Coastal and Marine Management discussion paper

Our coast and seas are culturally, socially and economically critical to the Northern Territory.

The NT Government is committed to developing and implementing a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy that will ensure the health and viability of our coast and seas.

The strategy will support the use of coastal and marine areas by Territorians and visitors:

  • for recreational and cultural purposes
  • manage the growing demand for natural resources and
  • foster sustainable industry for the benefit of the economy and protection of the environment.

The Coastal and Marine Management Strategy:

  • will provide guidance to all managers and decision makers
  • clarity to stakeholders and
  • sets a 10-year direction for the management of the coastal and marine environments of the Northern Territory.

Based on extensive consultation with the community, partners and stakeholders, it will identify a series of actions that will need to be undertaken to achieve the goal, the specific objectives and the desired outcomes.

A discussion paper PDF (1.6 MB) was prepared as part of the public consultation process. It has been prepared in consultation with key partners and stakeholders.

On 7 and 8 June 2017, a Strategy Development Workshop was held in Darwin. The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon Lauren Moss, opened the workshop.

The workshop was well attended by representatives from partner organisations that represents land owners, industry and community groups as well as key NT Government agencies.

A team of world-renowned consultants with extensive experience in marine planning facilitated the workshop.

The team included Grahame Byron, Dr Sue Sargent and Dr Sue Pillans, who have all worked on the Reef 2050 plan for the Great Barrier Reef as well as numerous other marine plans in Australia and overseas.

The workshop was very productive and there was a positive collaborative approach with valuable contributions from all participants. During the workshop, the group drafted key elements of the strategy, including:

  • a vision
  • management principles
  • long-term objectives and
  • medium term outcomes.

Partner organisations

  • Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory
  • Anindilyakwa Land Council
  • Australian Institute for Marine Science
  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Local Government Association
  • Minerals Council of Australia
  • Northern Land Council
  • Seafood Council
  • Territory Natural Resource Management
  • Tiwi Land Council
  • Tourism Top End

NT Government agencies

  • Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
  • Primary Industry and Resources
  • Tourism and Culture

Last updated: 12 September 2019

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