Barra ban won't remain: fishing council
The Northern Territory Seafood Council says it is confident the Territory Government is not going to permanently close Fogg Bay to commercial barramundi fishing.
Photos of a mass saw fish kill prompted the Fisheries Minister, Kon Vatskalis, to close Finniss River, Bynoe Harbour and Fogg Bay to commercial fishing for 90 days in April.
The council's president, Rob Fish, says Mr Vatskalis has told him he is not considering shutting down Fogg Bay at this time.
Mr Fish says a "sweeping closure" does not provide protection to saw fish.
He says measures such as a legislated code of conduct are needed.
"What he did make a commitment to do, though, was to establish an advisory committee for the barramundi fishery.
"And as a priority, develop a strategic plan so that we would have some direction, so people would know where we're moving in the future."
Mr Vatskalis was not available for comment this morning.
A statement from his office says the Government is committed to buying back three commercial barramundi licences and the area of closure will be finalised once that is completed.
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