A new report says the crocodile industry in Australia's Northern Territory is worth more than four times the previous estimate of $80 million.
Officials hope the findings will be meaningful to poorer aboriginal communities that might develop a crocodile farming industry.
The saltwater crocodile is the world's largest reptile. In Australia, the crocodiles were once hunted until they almost disappeared. Their skins were used to make durable leather goods and clothes.
The crocodiles have been a protected species since the early 1970s. And their numbers in Australia's tropical north have increased.
The Northern Territory regional government now sees economic opportunities for native communities. Officials want to expand crocodile egg collection programs.
The eggs would help to stock crocodile farms owned by aboriginal groups. These groups would supply skins to companies that make costly clothing and other products such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Michael Gunner is the chief minister of the Northern Territory.
Gunner says the government is looking into investing in rangers to help grow the crocodile industry.
He says harvesting eggs and growing the crocodile industry locally is a very important and valuable use of traditional country done by traditional owners.
Bob Katter is a member of the Australian parliament. He said that as crocodile numbers increase, so does the threat to people. He believes hunters should be permitted to shoot them for sport. Katter has argued that crocodile hunts would boost the incomes of aboriginal communities.
The Northern Territory government supports crocodile hunts. But only Australia's federal government can make the final decision. So far, they have refused to permit them.
Conservationists say that the shooting of animals for profit in Australia is, in their words, "abhorrent" and should never be permitted.
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Wood is a durable material.
The practice of killing animals for food is utterly abhorrent to me.
1.These groups would supply skins to companies that make costly clothing and other products
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To our satisfaction, many kinds of the food are supplied to us.
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2.Officials hope the findings will be meaningful to poorer aboriginal communities that might develop a crocodile farming industry.
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河口鳄是世界上最大的爬行动物。曾几何时，澳大利亚的河口鳄被捕杀到几近灭绝 。以前，人们用河口鳄的皮来制作耐用的皮革制品和衣裳 。
河口鳄下的蛋可以帮助当地土著开办的鳄鱼场一直保有存量。这些当地土著可以将鳄鱼皮卖给一些公司，这些公司用鳄鱼皮制作昂贵的衣服和其他产品 。这样的公司有路易威登和古驰等 。
鲍勃是澳大利亚国会的官员。他表示，鳄鱼养殖的发展也给人民带来了威胁 。他认为，应该允许捕猎者适当地以捕杀鳄鱼为锻炼方式 。鲍勃认为，捕杀鳄鱼会增加土著社群的收入 。