Aboriginal marine rangers complete Fisheries Compliance training

Sixteen Aboriginal rangers from across the Northern Territory last week completed a two-week training course in Batchelor towards a Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance.

The training is part of the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to support remote Aboriginal communities participate in the fishing industry and increase the skills and knowledge of Aboriginal rangers.

Participants will return to their communities with the enhanced skills and knowledge to work locally in a ranger role and manage the marine environment within their sea and river country with regards to recreational and commercial fishing operators.

The course covered different practical methods of gathering, collating and recording information, as well as workplace safety, relevant legislation, and fisheries management practices.

It was developed to enable rangers to report on change and suspected non-compliance using observable evidence, such as photographs and global positioning system (GPS) readings.

The training course was delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and Resources Fisheries Division, the Australian Maritime Fisheries Academy and the Water Police Section and is run twice a year.

Aboriginal marine rangers
Aboriginal rangers doing an exercise during the Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) component of the training