Livelihood values of Indigenous customary fishing
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked after and been sustained by coastal waters for thousands of years, right up to the present day, developing a deep knowledge of and connection with their saltwater country. This means that there are a host of potential social, cultural, economic and health benefits which flow from allowing Indigenous fishers to provide for their communities, and to have a say in decisions that affect how their traditional resources are used.
In partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Fishing Rights group (NSW AFRG), the Crocodile Islands Rangers and the Milingimbi & Outstations Progress Resource Association from the Crocodile Islands, and the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, this project has collected valuable information on the benefits that come from Indigenous people’s involvement in fishing and fisheries management. AIATSIS is also working on an extension project with the NSW AFRG to show how matching Indigenous values to an unexplored opportunity in fishing can contribute to Indigenous peoples health, wealth and wellbeing.
Dr Tran Tran