Cultural managements

Prime Minister of Tasmania – Historic agreement for cultural and commercial abalone fishery

March 17, 2022

Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jonathon Duniam, Deputy Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Roger Jaensch, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Australians,

The Tasmanian and Australian governments recognize that Sea Country is central to Tasmanian Aboriginal identity.

Today a historic agreement was signed in an Aboriginal Lands ceremony at Murrayfield, Bruny Island, which will see the Land and Sea Aboriginal Corporation Tasmania (LSACT), with investment from the National Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC), to harvest the 40 state-owned abalone units.

These abalone units have been the subject of an annual government tender since 2008, but will now be part of the Aboriginal fishery and can be fished statewide.

Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett, said the associated fishing rules will still apply, but the deal means Tasmanian indigenous people will have long-term access to sea fishing. abalone to develop cultural and commercial fishing activities that have local, national and international benefit. .

“At the local level, this agreement will create nine direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs enabling Tasmanian Aboriginals to gain skills and experience that will open up new avenues for professional, cultural and business development, including addressing the demand for locally produced abalone. ”

Deputy Forestry and Fisheries Minister Jonno Duniam said the Australian Government is committed to pursuing closer and meaningful engagement with Aboriginal fishers in the future.

“The history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fishing in Australia is rich, and the signing of the Abalone Agreement will allow this long and proud tradition of Aboriginal fishing to continue into the future.”

Tasmanian Indigenous Affairs Minister Roger Jaensch said the Tasmanian Liberal Government continues to deliver on the government’s commitment to reset relations with Tasmania’s indigenous peoples and deliver better social and economic outcomes for them and their families. families.

“This agreement recognizes that the cultural harvesting of natural products is essential to maintaining and reviving the cultural practices of Tasmania’s indigenous peoples, while providing economic opportunities and training in areas such as seafood processing, tourism and hospitality.”

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honorable Ken Wyatt AM, said it was a great example of government empowering Indigenous Australians through new economic pathways.

“This is the kind of economic opportunity that Indigenous Australians can take advantage of and make the most of, through greater partnerships in the management of land and seas. Tasmania is one of the greatest resources of abalone in the world and providing additional access to Indigenous Australians in this industry is a great opportunity.

Sustainable management of Tasmania’s fisheries is important and the Living Marine Resources Management Act is currently under review.
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