― Elizabeth I
|Don't forget the fishing gear?|
These permits were as a result of the interim agreement put in place in 2007 and as it appears from the latest of these Media/Information releases the NLC is seeking that these proceedings be finalised, these permit will now apparently be null and void. So what happens now?
On the 20 December 2016 the Northern Land Council (NLC) put out a media release confirming the closures under the Kenbi agreement and adding that permits will apparently be required for other areas too that would be closed to recreational fishers. The implementation of the necessity for permits was waived until the lst of July 2017. See below for the first of the info. or click on this link for the full NLC information sheets Sea/Country Rights
and here is the map that goes with this...
The conditions of the Kenbi claim for inter-tidal waters in Bynoe are still the same and I have highlighted that part of the information sheet...you must have a permit for these areas no matter the arrangements made for the other areas.
Note: In the original Kenbi claim in papers from the Courts (click for link ) Justice Toohey identifies the land claim and says this. "It appears to extend more or less uniformly out in all directions (excluding the sea) " The 'sea' appears to have been added as a result of the Mud Bay decision but I can't verify that without reading more reams of court documents.
|The 'Red' area is the ínter-tidal'area from Admiratly charts...it has been coloured red to highlight it even more in this picture.|
The responses were comical in some sense, here is a post from facebook as to what one of the main Recreational Fishing Organisations representative told us would apply??"
"Anything above the low tide mark is out of bounds (Name) but because the low tide mark is variable the average (mean) low tide mark is used for prosecution. This information is up to the individual to determine and is not released to the public."
You can see that the tide may go higher or lower than the arrow, but they, the Admiralty use the 'mean' so contary to the information, the inter-tidal information is available to the individual and I'm sure the Courts would use the 'Reasonable Man' test, so that if you were on the edge of the green without a permit, you may be right, but right in the centre you may have trouble. The Organisation did say that signs with GPS co-ordinates would be put up ?????
I feel that the concerns we tried to express in our August 2016 post were just brushed aside as the possible ravings of an old fool, they may have been right and I hope they were, but this is still a concern to a lot of us...but from my point of view a cartoon I saw on a post to the Minister the other day captures it all up until now....
Just to give you and idea of some of the impact locally under the new changes from July 2017 the inter- tidal areas (ie the parts marked in green in the maps below) are closed to those without a permit and there are more..
|The green area, ie. gives and idea of the inter-tidal area at the mouth of the Finnis that requires a permit from July 2017|
|The green area which indicates the inter-tidal zone around the Perons...|
Will he be fined, could his boat etc be confiscated, how will he know where he can go and not go or where to get a permit and who from. CONFUSING ISN'T IT.
The 'Grey Ghost' and the tourists might just become that....ghosts and we may not see many of them.
The Guides they will have to have permits, how many I don't know and then be able to identify their clients or at least the number. I BET THERE WILL BE A COST IN THAT.
Sadly I expect political finger pointing, blaming, bureaucratic bungling, arrogance, apathy and greed to control the decisions made.