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Harvest strategy policy and guidelines
The Northern Territory Harvest Strategy Policy will facilitate the development of harvest strategies for fisheries in the Northern Territory. Harvest strategies represent a best-practice approach to operational fisheries management and have been widely adopted nationally and internationally.
Harvest strategies identify clear objectives of how a fishery resource is to be used to optimise community benefit. They put in place measurable indicators of performance to ensure the fishery moves towards meeting the objectives and specific management actions that will be implemented if reference points are met to ensure that the fishery stays on track.
This policy describes what a harvest strategy is, where it fits within the broader fishery management context, and outlines the core principles that must be applied to harmonise their development in the Northern Territory. It should be read in conjunction with the Guidelines for Implementation of the Northern Territory Fisheries Harvest Strategy Policy.
This policy is consistent with the National Guidelines to Develop Fishery Harvest Strategies. Adopting and applying the national guidelines will facilitate more consistency across borders so that the use of fishery resources at the stock level can be better coordinated.
Last updated: 09 December 2016