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The Principles Communiqué on Indigenous Fishing
|Date:||22 December 2004|
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|Subject Matter:||Aquaculture | Collaboration / Partnership | Economic Development | Fishing | Marine | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Tourism|
|The Principles Communique on Indigenous Fishing ('the Principles') encourage the Australia-wide recognition of traditional fishing practices and greater indigenous involvement in commercial fisheries, charter fishing and eco-tourism activities (NNTT 2004).|
|Formulation of the Principles|
The Principles were formulated by the National Indigenous Fishing Technical Working Group (NFTWG).
The Principles comprise two mutually dependent parts, namely a preamble and the enumerated principles.
The Principles recognise both Indigenous traditions related to freshwater and saltwater environments and contemporary aspirations.
Primarily based upon development relating to defined customary fishing rights (excluding commercial activity) and mechanisms that facilitate Indigenous involvement in marine and fisheries related businesses, the Principles provide a national policy framework to guide the future development of Indigenous fishing strategies. The Principles favour a policy-driven approach over litigation (ABC Message Stick), and are neither legally binding nor a limitation on Indigenous peoples' scope to pursue other arrangements (Preamble, The Principles Communique).
The Principles include:
• the recognition that Indigenous people were the first custodians of Australia's marine and freshwater environments;
• the definition of customary fishing;
• provisions for the incorporation of customary fishing into fisheries management regimes and wherever possible, allocation of a share in sustainable managed fisheries;
• proactive support from Government and stakeholders for increased Indigenous participation in fisheries-related businesses, including recreational and charter sectors; and
• the expedition of related vocational development.
|South Australia has established a Sea Ranger program which provides a framework and resources for Indigenous peoples' participation in a training and certification program towards becoming a marine ranger (NNTT, 2006).|
In the Northern Territory, over 77 Indigenous rangers have completed certification in Fisheries Compliance (NNTT, 2006).
For further information, see the National Indigenous Fishing Technical Working Group Conference 2006 papers (link below).
|ABC Broadcasting Corporation - Message Stick (23 December 2004) Native Title Tribunal welcomes new fishing principles|
|SBS World News Australia (24 December 2004) Fishing Interests Recognised|
|National Native Title Tribunal (2006) The Principles Communiqué on Indigenous Fishing|
|National Native Title Tribunal (22 December 2004) Fishing principles to guide Indigenous involvement in marine management|
|National Indigenous Fishing Technical Working Group (web hosted by the National Native Title Tribunal) (2006) Conference Papers 2006|
|National Native Title Tribunal (February 2006) National Indigenous Fishing Technical Working Group Conference|
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