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eNews: Indigenous rangers share results at Marine Turtle Symposium

Monday, September 29, 2014

From 25 to 27 August in Perth, Indigenous groups, scientists, government, industry and community groups came together at the 2nd Australian Marine Turtle Symposium and the 2nd Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposium to share knowledge and learnings about marine turtle work and research.

Representatives from the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation’s Uunguu Rangers, the Dambimangari Rangers, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) and CSIRO attended the conference and made a presentation to share boat-based survey methods and results developed as part of NERP Northern Hub Project 5.1. A short video about the project was also shown.

The symposium was a good opportunity to reach a wide cross section of people working across Australia on marine turtles, and make other Indigenous ranger groups aware of the tools and methods being used by the Uunguu and Dambimangari Rangers to monitor turtles. Other talks and workshops were valuable learning experiences for the attendees and will inform future work. 

More information on this and other projects is available on the NAILSMA website.

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