Indigenous input essential to survival of endangered species
The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Green turtles and dugongs have been on the global “red list” of threatened species for many years, but the situation is looking up for Australian populations as a community-based protection approach evolves. Hunting is one reason numbers have dropped in parts of Australia. Both species enjoy legal protection nationally but indigenous communities are able to hunt dugongs and turtles for cultural and economic reasons. Research suggests that harvests in some areas are unsustainable but indigenous communities are key to the solution, joining James Cook University and the government to protect marine life. One example is community development of the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements in the Great Barrier Reef region, which guides sustainable hunting. Read the article …