Djelk Wildlife Enterprises
A combination of extensive Wet Season flooding and delays in the processing of Land Use Agreements at the Northern Land Council (NLC), resulted in a less than average crocodile egg harvesting season. Hatchling production was down by 50% on last season. Approximately 640 hatchlings were produced from almost 900 harvested eggs. Incubation success rates however, were still well above average at 75 %.
Consultations with traditional landowners and the NLC continued for a captive breeding and research project – involving the Territory Wildlife Park – on the threatened Oenpelli rock python and land use agreements have been finalised.
Djelk Wildlife Enterprises took over the management of the BAC commercial mud crab licence. Glenn Wade (former fishing guide and charter operator) joined Michael Anjarramarra (long-standing BAC ‘crabber’) and both men have been sorting out supply and operational logistics. Crabs have been sold through BAC retail outlets and to seafood wholesalers in Darwin. The operation acquired the recently retired Djelk I from the Rangers, and it is being re-fitted for use as a mothership style vessel. This will allow BAC to make full use of the licence and, in the future, expand into other seafood markets.
Collaborations continued with Charles Darwin University (CDU) on projects relating to the sustainable use of wildlife and Indigenous economic development, and with the Djelk Rangers on wildlife management programs.
Contact Djelk Wildlife Enterprises
ph: 08 8979 5460