High Court decision – tidal waters Northern Territory

ABC website 30 July 2008

“Indigenous win in fishing rights case

The High Court has confirmed one of the most significant cases under the Northern Territory Land Rights Act, giving traditional owners exclusive rights over tidal waters along Aboriginal land.

The decision on the rights at Blue Mud Bay means traditional owners will be able to determine when and where commercial and recreational fishing is carried out along 80 per cent of the Territory’s coastline, as well as in tidal rivers.

Experts say the ruling extends unprecedented control to the traditional owners over commercially-valuable resources.”

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High Court Decision