Fisheries inspectors appointed

Six Aboriginal rangers have been appointed as fisheries inspectors (class 1) to support the Department of Primary Industry and Resources with the monitoring and sustainable management and protection of the Northern Territory’s aquatic resources.

Appointed under the Fisheries Act, the inspectors will be reporting to the Fisheries Division and the Northern Territory Water Police.

Fisheries inspectors will have the authority to:

  • record evidence
  • collect details
  • ask to see licences and permits; and
  • inspect fishing gear in use.

The first appointed inspectors come from five communities in which the Northern Territory Government has established long-standing partnerships:

  • Borroloola
  • Daly River
  • Groote Eyelandt
  • Nhulunbuy; and
  • Tiwi Islands.

The inspectors received training and development through the Indigenous Community Marine Ranger Program, while working for their home organisations as land and sea rangers. This program supports Traditional Owners to be actively involved in the monitoring and management of aquatic resources, ensuring compliance with the Fisheries Act.

The six appointees have undertaken further advanced training and skills development in fisheries compliance to become inspectors. These training programs support the development of a capable and skilled workforce committed to the protection and management of sea country.

Find out more about fisheries inspectors and the Indigenous Community Marine Ranger Program.

The first Northern Territory fisheries inspectors, marine rangers and fisheries staff at Berrimah Farm
The first six Northern Territory fisheries inspectors, rangers and supporting staff after the appointment ceremony.

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