Through cooperation with Indigenous communities from across the country, this project is collecting valuable information on the benefits that come from Indigenous people’s involvement in fishing and fisheries management. We are also supporting Indigenous fishers to conduct their own research, and to express their opinions on how to use fishing to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
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.
Three community organisations are partnering with AIATSIS for this project:
- The NSW Aboriginal Fishing Rights group, on behalf of Indigenous fishers from the NSW south coast
- The Crocodile Islands Rangers and the Milingimbi & Outstations Progress Resource Association from the Crocodile Islands, northeast Arnhem Land
- The Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, from western South Australia
This project is funded by the Indigenous Reference Group of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
- Livelihood values of Indigenous customary fishing (PDF 3MB) - Final report to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
- Living Off Our Waters - AIATSIS online exhibition
- Report of a meeting with Indigenous cultural fishers on the south coast of NSW (PDF 2MB) - Report from the first scoping meeting for the South Coast NSW case study
- Aboriginal fishing values of the South Coast of NSW (PDF 20MB) - Final South Coast NSW case study community report
- Yolŋu fishing values of the Crocodile Islands (PDF 18MB) - Final Crocodile Islands case study community report
- Aboriginal fishing values of the Far West Coast of SA (PDF 24MB) - Final Far West Coast SA case study community report
Participants at a community meeting between AIATSIS and the NSW Aboriginal Fishing Rights Group Bingie, south coast NSW, September 2015
Location of our three community partners on this project