Ranger training on Groote Eylandt
Earlier this year, staff from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) Northern Territory (NT) Fisheries Division travelled to Groote Eylandt to work with the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers.
DPIR staff delivered accredited aquatic biosecurity training on how to collect reliable scientific data. Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, this unit of competency goes toward the Certificate III Fisheries Compliance, an important qualification for rangers as they can apply to become a Fisheries Inspector after completion.
The Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers gained skills in aquatic surveillance and learned how to use baited remote underwater videos BRUVs, before getting a chance to put their newly acquired knowledge to the test and deploy their own Baited Remote Underwater Videos (BRUVs).
NT Fisheries, Marine Ranger Coordinators trained and upskilled new and senior rangers on patrol operations and conducted a joint surveillance patrol with them, developing their skills on the water and encompassing pre- and post-trip vessel inspections, pre-operational planning and post-operational reporting. The rangers were also assisted with surveying and deploying a settlement plate device close to the port to measure soil subsidence.