After two years of on the job training, South Australia’s first Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathways Program trainees graduated on 11 July 2019.
Cobi Lovett, Bronson Laughton, Delahay Miller and Joshua Smith were the first intake for this unique program, and are now working as PIRSA Fisheries Officers in partnership with their communities across the state in the Limestone Coast, the Far West Coast, Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula.
Throughout the program, the trainees facilitated fisheries and compliance efforts across South Australia and assisted with strengthening relationships with Aboriginal communities.
Many South Australian Aboriginal communities have a strong connection to country, and a long history of fishing in both marine and inland waters that is central to their culture and tradition.
The Fisheries Management Act 2007 specifically recognises Aboriginal Traditional Fishing as part of South Australia’s sustainable fisheries management framework.
Providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to directly engage in the management of South Australia’s aquatic resources is important, as is the need to progress the management of South Australia’s fisheries to include Aboriginal knowledge and involvement of the Elders and their communities.
Pictured: PIRSA Aboriginal Fisheries Career Pathways Program inaugural graduates Bronson Laughton, Joshua Smith and Delahay Miller. Absent: Cobi Lovett.