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Traditional fishing on show at Gynburra Festival

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Traditional fishing was on display at the recent Gynburra Festival held at Port Victoria.


Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said Traditional Fishing is a distinct and unique class of fishing that provides for traditional owners to exercise their native title rights to fish for their personal domestic non-commercial communal needs.

Aboriginal Traditional Fishing in South Australia is recognised by the Fisheries Management Act 2007 and provides for the development of Aboriginal Traditional Management Plans in conjunction with any existing and/or new Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

"Many South Australian Aboriginal communities have a long history of fishing, in both marine and inland waters, that is central to their culture and tradition," said Minister Whetstone.

"The Gynburra Festival was a wonderful opportunity for our PIRSA Fisheries Officers and Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathway Program trainees to show their support to the Narungga community.

"The State Government is working together with Aboriginal communities and other fishing sectors to sustainably manage fish resources in both freshwater and saltwater country."

PIRSA Traditional Fisheries Manager Shane Holland said to safeguard the sustainable management of fish resources in the Yorke Peninsula, Fisheries Officers worked with the Narungga Nation to support traditional fishing activities in an area of specified waters for the duration of the festival.

"The Narungga Nation is a coastal community that has a long history of fishing from their traditional waters," said Mr Holland. "Fisheries Officers supported Narungga community members to catch Southern Calamari, Turbo Shells and Greenlip Abalone during the three-day Gynburra Festival, in the exercise of their customary rights and traditions. "Attendance at the festival also provided a great opportunity to engage with the community, provide information about sustainable fishing practices, and to further foster positive relationships with Narungga Elders and community members."

Learn more about Aboriginal Traditional Fishing in South Australia.

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