New fishing facility in Maningrida
A purpose built fish processing room funded by the Northern Territory Government has now opened for Maningrida Aboriginal Coastal Licence holders.
The opening of the fish processing facility will enable the Maningrida Aboriginal Coastal Licence (ACL) holders to be a part of a sustainable fishing industry and have access to workplace skills development opportunities.
The facility will allow products to be filleted, vacuum packaged and frozen. This will then open up market opportunities for the fishermen to sell these products to the local community, shops, visitors, in Darwin and also other regional centres.
The Aboriginal Coastal Licence program allows Aboriginal people in coastal communities to develop small-scale fisheries and is a possible stepping stone into larger-scale fishing enterprise activities.
The Territory Government’s Aboriginal Fishing Mentors regularly visit remote communities to train ACL holders in commercial fishing and processing skills. This includes fishing techniques, how to maintain equipment and cold chain management. Certificate level training is also being delivered through the engagement of a registered training provider to further build the skills of the ACL holders and their crew.
Building on the success of the Maningrida fishermen, the Government is actively working with other Aboriginal communities to develop similar business structures.