Barramundi fishing is not just a recreational sport, but big business in the Northern Territory.

The tension however has always existed between the recreational and tourism aspects to barramundi fishing, and the commercial imperatives of our restaurant tables.

In 1985, The NT government closed the Mary River system to commercial fishing, a move welcomed by the amateurs, but criticised by commercial fishermen as the thin edge of the wedge.

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Talent: Alex Julius, NT Recreational Fishermens Association

To air: ABC-TV News, 26/11/1985, duration:02:04

By Rae Allen

Rae Allen is a digital media professional.

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