Fisheries compliance training for Aboriginal rangers

Another 14 Aboriginal Marine Rangers from across the Territory have completed their Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance.

The rangers recently completed a two-week course towards their Certificate II qualification that covered practical methods of gathering, collating and recording information, as well as workplace safety, relevant legislation, and fisheries management practices.

The course was delivered by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) Fisheries Division, the Australian Maritime Fisheries Academy and the Water Police.

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

The course 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.

The Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance training develops and empowers Aboriginal people to manage and protect marine environment in their respective areas, while also creating jobs and opportunities.

Marine rangers carry out fisheries patrols and provide written reports back to the DPIR Fisheries Division and the Water Police.

A number of these patrols and written reports from Marine Rangers have directly led to further action and prosecution of non-compliant fishing activity that may have previously been difficult to detect by surveillance officers because it occurred in very remote localities.

Suitably qualified Marine Rangers will be able to apply for fisheries inspector level 1 powers after completing this training.

Rangers identify and report on a variety of issues including environmental threats such as ghost nets, and non-compliant activity by commercial or recreational fishers.

DPIR has been running nationally accredited training in fisheries compliance since 2009.Thank you to the Workforce NT division of the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for their continued support of the certified training, without which the outcomes achieved by the Aboriginal Marine Rangers would not be possible.

Shaun Evans from Mabunji Rangers in Borroloola
Shaun Evans from Mabunji Rangers in Borroloola has completed the training