In 2013, the Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation, the Darwin Aquaculture Centre (DAC) of the Northern Territory Government (NTG) Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF), and aquaculture trainers and researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) were successful in obtaining funding from the North Australia Marine Research Alliance (NAMRA - an alliance between the Australian National University [ANU], CDU, NTG and the Australian Institute of Marine Science [AIMS]) in Darwin. This funding was for a project to develop oyster (Arrayi) sampling and marine research monitoring skills with Warruwi people on South Goulburn Island, in the NT. This project is one of many projects that the partners have been working on together to set up trepang and oyster businesses on Warruwi. The goal of this project was to train and employ Warruwi men and women. Duties were to collect water and oyster samples at two oyster grow-out sites at Warruwi and gain experience in marine monitoring and research skills.
The partners want people to learn these new skills, to build marine research monitoring relationships as a way of supporting people to get jobs in aquaculture and fisheries businesses on Warruwi.
The people running the project invited CDU researchers to write an evaluation story about the oyster sampling and training work in 2016.
The goal of the oyster evaluation story is:
- To find out from Indigenous trainees about their skills, experience and knowledge gained throughout the training and sampling work with NTGand CDU.
- To ask partner organisations about their experiences in working together to conduct this training and what lessons they have for future Indigenous science capacity building in the area of fisheries/aquaculture.
- To make some training videos and a story book about these experiences to share with the Warruwi community, and other communities and organisations involved in similar activities in the NT and other parts of Australia.
The evaluation was conducted during early 2016 and the results have been documented in a report and a story book for validation by the partners. For more information contact Natasha Stacey or Johanna Funk at the Northern Institute, CDU.
- Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation
- Darwin Aquaculture Centre, Northern Territory Fisheries
- Aquaculture, School of Primary Industries, Charles Darwin University
- Northern Institute and Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University
Noland, S., Taylor, A., Fleming, A., Bell, J., Costa, D., Stacey, N., Tupper, W., Galaminda, B., Funk, J. 2016. Further Developing Indigenous Capacity to Conduct Research and Monitoring to Support Marine-Based Enterprises. Report submitted to the North Australia Marine Research Alliance, Aquaculture Unit, Department of Primary Industry and fisheries, NT Government.
Stacey, N. ,Funk, J., and P. van Wyk. 2016 Evaluation of the Developing Indigenous Capacity to Conduct Research and Monitoring to Support Marine-Based Enterprises. Report submitted to the North Australia Marine Research Alliance, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, CDU.