Maningrida Aboriginal coastal fishing enterprise: lessons learned and future prospects

Don Wilton, Jimmy Olsen, Natasha Stacey, Clem Bresson, Peter Van Wyk

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    In 2008, Australia’s High Court ruled that Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory (NT) extends to the low water mark. This made way for the NT Government to legislate for the creation of Aboriginal Coastal Fishing Licences for the coastal land owners. Three Traditional Owners (TO) from outstations near Maningrida were the first group to commence operations under the new Aboriginal Coastal Fishing Licence provisions in 2016 which allow them to catch and sell select fish species using a variety of gear. The fishing business is supported by Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation and is helped by family members via participation in the Community Development Program. The NT Government also provides training and mentoring support.
    In this presentation we report on the results of a qualitative project to evaluate the fishing venture.The results provide the first assessment of a small-scale Indigenous coastal fishing business in north Australia. We describe the fishery and business operations; the successes and barriers, and the benefits (economic, health, cultural, social). We review the suitability of legal and policy frameworks to encourage the development of viable TO-led seafood ventures in northern Australia. We also discuss the aspirations of the Aboriginal Licence holders for the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages34
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2018
    EventNational Native Title Conference 2018 - Cable Beach Amphitheatre, Broome, Australia
    Duration: 5 Jun 20187 Jun 2018


    ConferenceNational Native Title Conference 2018


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