Aboriginal people have a significant custodian relationship with Sea Country. They hold unique and complex knowledge of its benefits and values. Aboriginal people also have a deep spiritual connection to the sea. However, Aboriginal people are underrepresented in decision making for Sea Country, which threatens the protection of Aboriginal cultural values of the marine estate.
The Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries recognises the cultural and spiritual importance of Sea Country to Aboriginal people. We acknowledge that Aboriginal people have been sustainably harvesting from the ocean for thousands of years.
The development of a state-wide engagement framework, in collaboration with Aboriginal people and partner agencies, will increase Aboriginal people’s participation in decision making and future management of the marine estate.
Local government areas - Statewide
Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries
- Local Aboriginal communities
- NSW Aboriginal Land Council
- NTSCORP Limited (Native Title Service Provider for Aboriginal Traditional Owners in NSW and the ACT)
- Department of Planning and Environment – Environment, Energy and Science
- Heritage NSW