An investigation of Indigenous knowledges and nutritional health and wellbeing benefits and values of seafood for supporting Indigenous fisheries development

  • Stacey, Natasha (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Brimblecombe, julie (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: Research

Project Details


The proposed research addresses the FRDC IRG research priorities in supporting Indigenous cultural fishing
practices, self-determination and economic development. Of 10 recent (2014 to current period) funded
projects, only one project to date specifically considers the health values and benefits. This FRDC 2015-205
project identified key Indigenous values associated with customary fishing and benefits of fish to diets in
particular in NSW and NE Arnhem Land, and some health values (Smyth et al 2018: 26). The project
recommended the need to collate more detailed local fishing values (Smyth et al 2018: 68) and consider
opportunities for policy to improve health outcomes (Smyth 2018: v). Other relevant Indigenous fisheries
sector projects have focused on increasing participation and business models to support Indigenous fisheries
(e.g. FRDC projects 2016-201; 2017-039; 2018-005; 2013-218). Another project is developing seafood
nutritional composition tables (FRDC, 2017-145) and it will be important to connect with their research where
relevant species are investigated. This project seeks to bring these two focus areas together investigating
knowledge on health, nutrition and wellbeing benefits associated with an Indigenous fishing business.
Effective start/end date20/05/2030/05/22