A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Research to Rights: Supporting cultural fisheries for Aboriginal Tasmanians, was recently signed in Hobart.
The MoU recognises the significance of fishing activities and access to Sea Country for the identity, culture, and overall well-being of Tasmanian Aboriginal communities.
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Land and Sea Aboriginal Corporation Tasmania, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, and University of Tasmania (represented by Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), are the collaboration partners in the MoU.
Each organisation acknowledges that fishing activities and access to Sea Country are central to the identity, culture, and wellbeing of Tasmanian Aboriginal communities.
The MoU establishes a principles-based approach to research that draws on the expertise and resources of all the parties who recognise the deep and continuous historical connection of Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to Sea Country. It also allows Tasmanian Aboriginals to be involved in the co-design of research and allows all parties to collaborate on investment, support and facilitate cultural fisheries research in the state.
All three parties came together to sign the MoU. Pictured (L to R): Rodney Dillion (Land and Sea Aboriginal Corporation Tasmania), Crispian Ashby (FRDC), Terry Bailey (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies).
This relates to R&D Plan Outcomes 1,2 & 5