A explosion in magpie goose populations across the Top End has prompted the government to act by increasing the amount hunters can collect each day.
An aerial survey across the Top End's floodplains in May this year, estimated the magpie goose population as 1.48 million, double what it was two years ago.
The 15-week season starts at the end of September with the daily bag limit increased to seven magpie geese and ten ducks, per person, per day.
The increase follows a short hunting period last year to protect the population from a potential steep decline.
While the increase will be welcomed by hunters across the Top End, the government is taking steps to ensure the season remains sustainable.
Eva Lawler, the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, said the decisions have been based on thorough science and research.
"The Territory's natural environment is one of our best assets and a huge part of what makes living here so special - we want to maintain it for future generations," she said.
"This is why we are taking steps to ensure the conservation and sustainability of our waterfowl population."
The Northern Territory Government is currently reviewing the Management Plan with recreational hunters, the Minister said.
A new plan is expected to be in place prior to the next hunting season to ensure harvests continue to be sustainable.
"The NT Firearms Council fully supports the Magpie Goose Management Plan, has done since its inception, and looks forward to the outcome of the current review," vice president and environment and conservation delegate from the NT Firearms Council, Tony Orr said.
This year's Waterfowl hunting season commences Wednesday, September, 25, 2019 and ends Monday, January 6, 2020.
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