Building capacity in Arnhem Land
Late last month, staff from our Fisheries Division travelled to Nhulunbuy to deliver accredited aquatic biosecurity training to rangers from the Dhimurru and Yirralka Rangers groups.
The Dhimurru Rangers are responsible for day to day management of approximately 550,000 hectares of Yolgnu land and sea country in the Gove Peninsula region. The Yirralka Rangers care for land and sea country within the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area.
Attended by 15 rangers, the Collect Reliable Scientific Data accredited training provides essential skills that enable rangers to perform fee for service work and deliver on other contractual agreements. “The rangers thoroughly enjoyed the training and their attendance and engagement was exceptional!” said Aquatic Biosecurity Officer Natalee Leader.
In a joint venture with the Australian Border Force and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Fisheries team also met with Wanga Djakamirr Rangers in Ramingining and the Djelk Bawinanga Rangers in Maningrida to further strengthen existing relationships.
The Arnhem Land trip provided an opportunity to develop two-way learning and capacity building in aquatic biosecurity, biodiversity, research techniques, specimen preparation, data collection/management and baited remote underwater video (BRUV) deployment with the local ranger groups.