Management Program for Saltwater Crocodiles
The Management Program for Saltwater Crocodiles in the Northern Territory 2009-2014 was approved by the Australian Government on 29 September 2009. The program sets the total crocodile egg harvest quota for the 2012-2013 harvest season at a maximum of 60,000 live eggs. A substantial proportion of the quota has already been allocated in existing multi-year egg harvest permits that expire in 2014. Any application for additional permits or amendments to existing permits for the 2012-2013 harvest season must be received by 30 September 2012.
Permits issued for the 2012-2013 season will not total more than 60,000 live eggs.
To ensure transparency and fairness, the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport has developed a set of criteria that will be applied equitably across all applications, when determining this year’s allocations. Allocations have also been considered in a regional catchment context. These criteria and a map showing the regional catchments and recent harvest levels from these catchments are available at this web-site. There are uncertainties surrounding some Aboriginal Lands and relevant permissions to harvest eggs from these lands. Indicative allocations for these areas cannot be released until the uncertainties are clarified.
Breaches of permit conditions (including over-harvesting) have the potential to affect the entire industry and will be dealt with appropriately. NRETAS will respond swiftly and appropriately to any identified breaches, using a range of measures from the issuing of warning letters and/or infringement notices for minor offences, through to prosecutions for major breaches of the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act. There will be a high degree of focus on compliance, including inspections, in the 2009-2010 season. The new permits issued will also have updated conditions. These will include but are not limited to:
- Providing NRETAS with details (by phone fax or email) of when and where egg harvesting will occur
- Ensuring the number of live eggs taken is within the permitted number
- Nominating which crocodile farm eggs are destined for
- Providing monthly returns stating the total number (clutch size) and number of live eggs harvested and the GPS locations of harvested nests.
This information is to be provided within seven days of the end of each month for which permit the permit is valid.
For more information please see the Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia, 2009-2014.