29 June 2018
Aboriginal ranger to help protect fish stock

Angurugu Ranger Coordinator Keith Lambert will check bag limits and fish sizes, identify crab pots and monitor people breaching closed areas.

The Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers employee has become one of the first six Aboriginal rangers to become a Fisheries Inspector.

Keith was one of six new inspectors to complete Certificate II and III courses in Fisheries Compliance run by NT Fisheries and the NT Water Police.

The other new fishing inspectors are from the Tiwi Islands, Nhulunbuy, Daly River and Borroloola.

The Fisheries Inspectors have recently started in their roles and have improved the quality of patrol reports from remote areas. Such information could help with successful fisheries-related prosecutions, increasing the effectiveness of the fisheries compliance program.

Primary Industry minister Ken Vowles said the new roles recognise the desire of Aboriginal traditional owners to manage their country and help protect the NT’s fish and aquatic resources.

 “The Fisheries Inspectors help with compliance in relation to issues such as bag limits, a lack of identification on crab pots, people breaching closed areas and the possession of undersized fish or crabs,” Mr Vowles said.