Four individuals have been the first to graduate in the state Governments Aboriginal Fisheries officer career pathways program, including two from the Eyre Peninsula and Far west coast.
Many South Australian Aboriginal communities have a strong connection to country and a long history of fishing in both marine and inland waters that is central to their culture and tradition.
Graduates include Cobi Lovett, Bronson Laughton, Delahay Miller and Joshua Smith.
The State Government recognises the need to progress how we manage South Australia’s fisheries to include Aboriginal knowledge and involvement of the Elders and their communities.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the group’s successful completion of the program is positive progress in the management of Aboriginal Traditional Fishing in South Australia.
Minister Whetstone says after completing two years’ on the job training these Aboriginal men and women will go on to work in partnership with their communities as Fisheries Officers.
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