Recfishwest calls for Traditional Owners to be given greater leadership roles in fisheries management

As part of NAIDOC week celebrations, Recfishwest recognises the strength, resilience, knowledge and capacity of Traditional Owners in managing and caring for the land and sea.

Recfishwest with members of the ETNTAC rangers at Nares Bay, east of Esperance.

This week’s NAIDOC theme is to “get up, stand up and show up” to support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative and cooperative reforms. 

“We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a very strong connection to country that is central to their culture,” said CEO Dr Andrew Rowland, “and their knowledge of seasonal cycles of sea country and aquatic environments has been built up over thousands of years.  

“This places them in a strong position to be able to protect and manage sea country and healthy fish populations through management approaches that integrate this knowledge.  

“Traditional Owners must be given a greater opportunity to take a leadership role when it comes to the management of WA’s aquatic habitats and fisheries.   

“This means fisheries management systems and research frameworks must better incorporate the rights, interests, aspirations, and culture of traditional owners. 

“It means new structures and processes for better representation as well as pathways to deliver on-ground fisheries-related activities such as education, compliance, monitoring and research. 

“Fishers and Traditional Owners share many fishing and conservation values and we look forward to collaborating further around areas of mutual interest in the months and years ahead.”

Recfishwest particularly recognises the capability and achievements of ranger groups from the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC) and the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in caring for important sea country areas.

Each of these groups is doing great work looking afters some of special places important to WA fishers.

Murujuga rangers assisting with artificial reef site surveying work off Dampier.

Find out more about the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and what it does here and about the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation here.

For more information about NAIDOC week activities in WA, click here

Entries now open for the 2018 Next Wave applicants

Do you love fishing? Do you have a passion for making a difference in your community? Do you believe Western Australia should have the best fishing found anywhere in the world? Do you want to influence fisheries management in WA?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Recfishwest believes WA can offer the best fishing experiences found anywhere in the world, and the team is passionate about offering positions on the Next Wave Future Leaders team for driven individuals who are willing to commit to ensuring this vision is reached.

If you want to get involved, you should:

  • Love fishing;
  • Have a clear vision for the future of fishing in WA;
  • Be between the ages of 18 to 35 years;
  • Be available to volunteer to help with projects and events that seek to achieve this vision;
  • Be able to operate in a team environment;
  • Be able to commit to a two year term on the Next Wave team.

We will:

  • Provide an environment for you to help make fishing better in WA, including:
    • Entry level training in fisheries management, advocacy, community engagement and leadership skills
    • Personal and professional development opportunities
    • Opportunities to contribute to fisheries decision making
    • Building knowledge through exposure to fisheries management and leadership experts

Being part of the NextWave team is challenging, exciting, sometimes confronting, but ultimately extremely rewarding.

Previous participants in this program have gone onto achieve great things in fisheries management.  Many now occupy roles in the recreational fishing sector and many future opportunities exist for the right people who are committed to making a difference.

Personal and professional leadership skill development assisted us in learning how to interpret and utilise the knowledge and skills we learnt to make changes and enhance fishing in WA.

“This course not only taught me valuable information about the fish and hobby I love, but created a great new network of friends and opened a door to a career in recreational fishing,” Nick Drummond, who now works at Triple 8 Abalone Hatchery in Bremer Bay, said.

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland added:

“This program unearths young talent to help further our commitment to protect and develop sustainable, enjoyable and safe fishing for all West Australians.”

If you are as passionate about fishing as we are, call Matt at Recfishwest on 9246 3366 to discuss the available positions and application process.

Submissions close 25 May.