[Media Release]

NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey Launches Today

It’s no secret that Territorians love their fishing, with a third of NT adults going fishing each year, far surpassing the national average of 21%. Recreational Fishing also contributes $270m to the Territory economy, supporting 2,500 full time jobs. With so much interest and so much at stake, it is essential to have well-informed management and decision making and that is where this groundbreaking social survey comes in.

The NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey is supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and conducted in collaboration with NT Fisheries. It aims to delve deep into the experiences of recreational fishers to help inform resource utilisation and measure fishery performance. The survey, which is focused on Barramundi fishing, is now taking place at boat ramps and online. All recreational Barramundi fishers are encouraged to participate.

Key Survey Highlights:

  • Your Voice Matters: We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts on your fishing experiences to help shape the future of fishing in NT.
  • Confidential and Collective: Your individual responses will remain strictly confidential and will be amalgamated with others for a comprehensive analysis.
  • No Wrong Answers: There are no right or wrong answers—just your honest opinions on the fishing experiences you love.
  • Fish for the Future: Your insights will contribute to informed fisheries management, ensuring a sustainable and enjoyable fishing future for all.

How to Participate:

Participation in the NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey is easy and valuable.  

Quotes attributable to AFANT CEO David Ciaravolo:

“The NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey is a unique opportunity for Territorians to be part of positive change and to help inform the future management of NT fishing.

“If you love Barramundi fishing in the NT, this is your chance to be a game-changer – share your experiences and opinions and take the NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey online today.

“If you meet one of the friendly boat ramp survey team, be sure to take five minutes to tell them about your day, as both the boat ramp surveys, and online surveys are crucial components of the research.

“There are some great prizes on offer for people who participate in the survey too, so thanks to Craig’s Fishing Warehouse and AFANT you could win – just for sharing your views about the fishery you love.”


For media inquiries or further details about the project, please contact:

AFANT; David Ciaravolo, CEO



About the NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey: The NT Recreational Fishing Experience Survey is a collaborative effort led by Hudson Howells and Action Market Research in partnership with key stakeholders. With a focus on understanding the experiences of recreational fishers, the survey aims to help shape the future of fishing in the Northern Territory for the benefit of all. For more information, please visit Survey Website.

About FRDC: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) takes a leading role in planning and investment in fisheries research and development (R&D) to support the sustainability of our aquatic sectors and ecosystems. FRDC is a co-funded partnership between the Australian Government and fisheries and aquaculture. In addition to planning, investing in and managing R&D for fishing and aquaculture and the wider community, FRDC also prioritises the adoption of the knowledge and innovations resulting from its investments.

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