THE famous Million Dollar Fish competition is back for season three and will lure large numbers of fishing fanatics to the Northern Territory.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the Million Dollar Fish competition had helped boost the NT's reputation as one of the best places in the world to fish and season three was expected to attract at least 45,000 registrations, a great boost for the tourism industry.
"Tourism in the Territory directly and indirectly employs more than 15,000 people and the Territory Government is working hard to attract new visitors to enjoy our tourism experiences,” Ms Moss said.
"Season three offers more than $2.1million in cash and prizes including $1million for one prized barra. There will be 100 barra with $10k prized tags swimming about in Territory waters plus prizes to be won just by registering for the competition.
"The Million Dollar Fish competition will be timed to grow visitor numbers to the Top End during our low season from October to February.
Anglers are encouraged to travel with their families and enjoy the unique tourism moments and our beautiful landscapes. MDF ambassador Matthew Hayden was also on hand to encourage people to register for the competition and provide a few tips on hooking the big one.
"We've got 101 tagged barra to be released in Darwin as well as some of the best fishing spots in the Top End including Kakadu, Katherine, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land regions,” Mr Hayden said.
Season three will see more than $91,000 worth of prizes from sponsors up for grabs including two package holidays to Darwin offering flights, fishing safari packages and accommodation, a Jayco Swan Outback Camper trailer worth $30,000, Engel fridges and ice boxes, Shimano Fishing Tackle, and a Can-Am Hunting Edition Quad Bike valued at $14,999 from Territory Power Sport.
Million Dollar Fish season three has had strong support from sponsors including CrownBet, BCF, Lion, Jayco, Shimano, Engel, Territory Discoveries, Territory Power Sports Group and Tourism Top End.
CrownBet Strategic Partnerships manager Brad Fanning confirmed they will again team up with Info Fish to catch and release the 101 tagged barra.
The competition will run from October 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018.
Registration is free at www.milliondollarfish.com.au.
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