• A controversial plan could see 500 crocodile trophies killed per year. (AAP)Source: AAP
The Northern Territory's minister for land resource management, Willem Westra van Holthe, says a controversial plan to increase the harvest limit of crocodiles would ensure growth of the product export industry.
4 Jan 2016 - 11:19 AM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2016 - 11:21 AM

More crocodiles and crocodile eggs can now be harvested from the wild under a new Northern Territory trade management plan aimed at bolstering the product export industry.

The five-year Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan, which came into effect on New Year's Day, allows for an annual harvest of 90,000 viable eggs and 1200 crocs.

That's an increase of 40 per cent for eggs and 100 per cent for animals, compared to the previous limit.

Sustainability was also a key feature, Mr Westra van Holthe said, with ongoing monitoring of crocodile populations in major river systems.

Crocodylus Park owner Giovanna Webb said the increased harvest limit would create job opportunities for Indigenous Territory residents.

"The demand for Territory crocodile products is extremely strong across the globe and we are world renowned for our high quality product," she said in a statement.

The government says the plan also cuts red tape, through the introduction of a 10-year enterprise permit for farms.