Training helps remote Aboriginal communities develop seafood industry

Delivering specialised marine and fisheries training in remote communities is helping Aboriginal people participate in the seafood industry and enjoy the economic and lifestyle benefits of community fishing enterprises.

A two-week Certificate II in Fishing Operations training course was held in Maningrida recently as part of an Indigenous Marine Training Program designed to teach skills in catching fish and delivering them safely to market.

Jointly delivered by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy, the course was run at the request of Aboriginal Coastal Licence (ACL) holders and Maningrida community residents.

An ACL allows Aboriginal people living in remote communities to catch a variety of fish and sell these to the local community, shops, visitors, and even into Darwin or regional centres. Coastal communities enjoy significant benefits from these small-scale fishing businesses whilst the supply of local, fresh, affordable seafood is increased.

The Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Responsive Program provides funding for regional and remote communities to train workers for community projects like this one.

Specialised marine and fisheries training was held in Maningrida. Image credit Clem Bresson Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation