Collaborating with Traditional Owners on future marine conservation reserves

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We recently met with Traditional Owners on country in the Buccaneer Archipelago to plan for marine conservation reserves in the area.
Buccaneer Archipelago

The collaboration between our department, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and the Bardi Jawi, Mayala and Dambeemangarddee people marks the first time marine reserves will be co-designed by Traditional Owners and the State.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is providing Traditional Owners with information on fishing, aquaculture and pearling activities in the area as part of the consultation process.

The on country meetings also delved into Aboriginal economic development opportunities that include commercial fishing for the Kimberley Mud Crab and Sea Cucumber which thrive in the area.

DPIRD are currently undertaking research into opportunities to fish for other marine species.

DPIRD’s Aboriginal Economic Development program aims to unlock significant and impactful regional economic opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Find out more about DPIRD’s Aboriginal Economic Development program.

Buccaneer Archipelago marine parks
Buccaneer Archipelago
Page reviewed 28 September 2021