Since its publication the Plan has provided both the Fisheries Division and the NT FRAB with a firm basis for assessing R&D proposals and R&D projects submitted for FRAB approval and support with FRDC.
However, there have been significant changes in NT Government directions and priorities since 1999 and the Plan is now becoming out-of-date. These Government policy changes include:
? Greater emphasis on recreational fishing
? Increased prominence being given to aquaculture development, both large and small scale
? Increased pressure for research on habitat and biodiversity conservation
? The requirement to report on all aspects of ESD.
As well as these government policy changes, there is also a need for stakeholders, especially from industry, to evaluate the implementation of projects, their outcomes, performance and actual achievements under the Plan.
Also since publication of the Plan FRDC has provided it's R&D Plan in the publication "Investing for Tomorrow's Fish: the FRDC's Research and Development Plan, 2000 to 2005".
The NT fisheries R&D Plan will be revised to take account of these NT policy changes, performance evaluation by stakeholders, to align it with the directions provided in the new FRDC Research and Development Plan, and to bring up-to-date projects that have been carried out since its publication.
Publication costs were kept to a minimum for the original NT Plan by the NT Fisheries Division arranging presentation, art work and printing in-house. However, in view of the higher profile that the revised document will have amongst fisheries stakeholders, a professionally designed presentation is planned for the revised version.
It was decided that the final Plan would be in two formats, the first would be publication of the full report on the NT D BIRD website and the second would be a summary version to be commercially printed. The later was in summary form to reduce printing costs.