1 Jan 2013

Crocodile removal record

10:37 am on 1 January 2013

A record number of saltwater crocodiles were removed from Top End waters during 2012.

A total of 314 were captured and moved as by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Of these, 215 were taken from Darwin harbour, including a 4.26 metre male in May.

Senior wildlife ranger Tom Nichols said 295 were removed from the Darwin region and 19 from the Katherine region.

"This year's total tally is the highest on record, beating the previous record of 306 set two years ago and surpassing the 284 caught in 2011," Mr Nichols said.

The ABC reports more than six salties were removed from Top End waters every week on average.

The largest of the 80 saltwater crocodiles removed from Darwin's outer region was a 4.85 metre male in April. It was caught at Corroboree Billabong.