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Cultural fishing monitoring

Published 23 February 2023 Explore potential pathways to enable assessment of cultural fishing in NSW in terms of participation, catch and effort and relate these aspects to access arrangements within current resource management decision making processes including harvest strategies.
content image Hand built boats similar to this dinghy are used in some cultural fishing practices in NSW. Fishing has been a cultural practice for Aboriginal coastal communities for thousands of years.


A key goal of marine and fisheries management is to protect and promote the continuation of Aboriginal cultural fishing.

Current impediments to meeting this goal include knowledge gaps regarding the level of Aboriginal cultural fishing.

This project seeks to address these factors by engaging with Aboriginal communities and exploring methodologies that can quantify participation, catch and effort attributable cultural fishing at a local level.



Local government areas - Statewide

Lead agency

Department of Primary Industries


  • Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee

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