THE Northern Territory Government last week announced the release of a discussion paper on the Territory's first ever Coastal and Marine Management Strategy, with feedback sought on the suggested goal and management principles, the specific objectives and the desired outcomes.
The Coastal and Marine Management Strategy will aim to provide guidance to managers and decision makers, clarity to stakeholders and outline a 10-year direction for the management of the coastal and marine environments of the Northern Territory.
Based on consultation with the community and ongoing discussions with partners and stakeholders, the Strategy will identify a series of actions that will need to be undertaken to achieve the goal, the specific objectives and the desired outcomes.
"Our coastal and marine environments are of great cultural, social and economic significance to Territorians and we need to ensure we are managing them well for this and future generations," said Environment and Natural Resources Minister Lauren Moss.
"As we promised Territorians, it will be based on science and the views of the community, and will give us a solid framework for ensuring the health and viability of our coastline, guiding our efforts to sustainably manage growing demands on our natural resources and foster sustainable industry for the benefit of the economy," Ms Moss said.
"It will have a focus on boosting recreational fishing opportunities, preventing pollution of our waterways, fostering sustainable industries and supporting the Territory's unique lifestyle."
A Partnership Group with representatives from land councils, the fishing industry and environment groups has also been established to provide insight into developing the Strategy.
The Strategy is expected to be released in June. More information is available from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website at <https://denr.nt.gov.au/land-resource-management/coastal-and-marine-management>.