Transboundary small-scale fisheries in the Timor and Arafura Seas region of Northern Australia

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    Abstract

    The Timor and Arafura Seas which separate Australia and Asia are the traditional fishing grounds of small-scale Indonesian fishers, and since their first sailing voyages in the 18th century, we have seen the development of what is now a complex border regime between Australia and the Republic of Indonesia. With sovereign claims by Australia, the‘high’seas that were once open to Indonesian fishers are now restricted to an‘Box area’where fishing is permitted inside Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) subject to the provisions of a 1974 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Agreement between the Australian and Indonesian governments. The topic of Indonesian fishing in what are now Australian waters – both legal and illegal – undertaken by a number of different groups originating from many different islands in Indonesia - is complex, so this talk will focus on the transboundary activity by small-scale Bajo fishers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationオーストラリア研究
    PublisherAustralian Studies Association of Japan
    Pages71-78
    Number of pages8
    Volume30
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventAustralian-Japan Studies Foundation Symposium II: Transborder Migrations and Border Management in Australia’s Northern Waters - Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan
    Duration: 11 Jun 201612 Jun 2016

    Publication series

    NameJournal of Australian Studies (Osutoraria Kenkyu)
    ISSN (Print)0919-8911

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian-Japan Studies Foundation Symposium II: Transborder Migrations and Border Management in Australia’s Northern Waters
    Country/TerritoryJapan
    CityWakayama
    Period11/06/1612/06/16

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