Matt Osborne and Sam Nowland present at World Fisheries Congress


A big thumbs up to Matt Osborne, Program Leader, Aquaculture and Regional Development from our Fisheries team, who was a plenary speaker at the World Fisheries Congress.

In addressing the congress, he hoped to put a ‘new lens’ on the Aboriginal fisheries story, one that celebrates the history of Indigenous people and their successes today, rather than seeing access to marine resources as a source of conflict.

He believes that recognising the instrumental role the Territory’s Aboriginal communities have played in the sector adds a ‘positive story’ about the Australian fishing industry that can counteract the often defensive nature of discussions around fishing rights, fishing allocations and the pressures of commercial economies determining access.

“The congress was a great opportunity to talk about the importance of Indigenous fisheries on the world stage, highlighting some of the successful programs that are happening across Australia, particularly here in the Northern Territory.

“This was the first time Indigenous people were incorporated into the World Fisheries Congress. It was an honour to be a keynote and set the scene for the Indigenous fisheries session, which included amazing presentations from people across the globe and the Northern Territory, with Aquaculture Scientist Sam Nowland and Traditional Owner Bunug Galaminda presenting on our oyster aquaculture partnership.

“There was a lot of positive feedback on the presentation, and the inclusion of the Indigenous fisheries session, which will hopefully be included in all future world fisheries congresses,” Matt Osborne said.

To read more, go to the FRDC website.

Sam Nowland and Matt Osborne
Caption: Sam Nowland and Matt Osborne highlighted the department’s work with Aboriginal communities and aquaculture at the recent World Fisheries Congress.

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