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Dharumbal/ Woppaburra Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA)
|Date:||22 June 2007|
|Sub Category:||Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA)|
|Location:||Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia|
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|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Fishing | Marine | Recognition of Native Title or Traditional Ownership | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests|
|The Dharumbal/ Woppaburra Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) was signed in 2007 following discussions between the Woppaburra people, the Traditional Owners of a section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority(GBRMA).|
The objective of the agreement is to enhance the elaboration and coordination of the respective resource management strategies and activities of Traditional Owners and the GBRMPA within the relevant section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
|Traditional Use Marine Resource Agreements (TUMRAs) are 'a new type of legal instrument that describes how Traditional Owner groups wish to manage the traditional use of marine resources' (Department of Environment and Heritage, 2004, 3). |
The objectives and terms of the TUMRA were developed by the Traditional Owners, the Woppaburra people (one of five peoples comprising the Dharumbal Nation), and accredited by the GBRMPA and Queensland Government's Environment Protection Authority in June 2007. The initial emphasis of the agreement is on the management and hunting of dugong and turtles within the area. In particular:
"The accredited TUMRA:
The agreement covers the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the vicinity of the Great Keppel Islands (adjacent to Yeppoon on the mid-north Queensland coast). The agreement is to be integrated with the existing zoning and management plans of the GBRMPA so that:
The proposed new system will:
The cooperative arrangements provided for by the agreement complement several other measures providing for the recognition of Indigenous rights and cooperative management including the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), as well as measures specific to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park such as statutory provision for the appointment of at least one representative of Traditional Owners on the Board of the GBRMPA, participation on regional and local advisory committees, and the establishment of an Indigenous Partnerships Liaison Unit within the Authority.
For further information on these arrangements follow the link to the Great Barrier Reef Management Authority below.
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