OceanEarth Foundation acknowledges and pays respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Australia. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, that colonisation was unjust and often violent, and continues to adversely affect them today. We acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People hold deep and complex knowledge of, and rights to land and sea Country, developed through thousands of generations of caring for Country.
OceanEarth Foundation says ‘Yes’ to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice and supports the full implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart for a voice, treaty making and truth-telling. We continue to help create a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through working with our partners on our programs.
Australia’s rich and unique history has had 65,000 years of continuous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural connection to the land and sea. For 122 years however, Australia’s Constitution has not recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the First Peoples of this continent. The Referendum provides the opportunity for us to provide that recognition. The Voice will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People a say on the things that affect them.
The enduring strength and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to Country is an important asset and lesson for all of us. We need to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to better understand our relationship with, and dependency on, nature, that we are not separate to it, and through that lens, how to better protect and care for nature and each other.
As the First Peoples of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices should be at the decision-making table and we need to listen and learn from them. When we listen to people, and draw on their local knowledge and expertise, we make better decisions. That is what the Voice is about – listening, making better decisions and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, their children, and their communities. Done well this will improve decision making and outcomes for all Australians and our environment that supports and sustains us.
We need to accept, respect and learn from the past to create a fairer, more inclusive and more united society, where all voices are heard and valued. OceanEarth Foundation is committed to listening and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and supporting First Nations-led advocacy, projects and research to better protect and restore our oceans, our landscapes and our wildlife. OceanEarth Foundation will continue to listen and learn, working together with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities to restore the health of our oceans and lands which have suffered significantly from the impacts of over two centuries of colonisation and misunderstanding of Australia’s ecological and cultural values.
A Voice to Parliament is an important step towards Australia’s First Nations self-determination. OceanEarth Foundation is committed to reconciliation and actively encourages and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to manage their land and sea Country. Their knowledge and connection to Country is fundamental to transforming Australia to a nature positive, more climate resilient future.
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Every year more than 100 million sharks are killed, with overfishing threatening their survival and putting marine ecosystems at risk of collapse.
Thousands of sharks are caught accidently or become entangled in discarded fishing gear floating in the ocean, known as ghostnets, while others are targeted for their fins, driven by the demand for shark fin soup.
To raise awareness of the perilous situation facing sharks and learn about the choices we can make to ensure a more positive future for them, OceanEarth Foundation (formerly TierraMar) through its Ghostnets Australia program, is partnering with the new Sydney Zoo at Eastern Creek, to help protect our oceans and rivers and secure a better future for wildlife.
A Future for Sharks, launching at Sydney Zoo on National Threatened Species Day, will lead visitors into the ocean depths to reveal the critical role that sharks play in keeping our oceans healthy and in maintaining the status quo both as an apex predator and as part of the clean-up crew. Read more…
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has partnered with TierraMar, through its Ghostnets Australia program, OzFish Unlimited and Boating, Camping Fishing (BCF) to encourage the recreational fishing community to participate in protecting the future of fishing and the health of the state’s waterways.
As part of the initiative, fishers will be able to swap their old unwanted opera house yabby traps for an Oar-Gee Plow lure at upcoming events to support sustainable fishing practices across NSW.
Deputy Director General Fisheries, NSW DPI, Sean Sloan said the state had taken the lead by promoting responsible yabby fishing.
“This yabby trap swap initiative is a fantastic example of NSW DPI working with recreational fishers and community organisations to encourage sustainable fishing with the added benefit of great outcomes for our unique native fauna,” Mr Sloan said.
Popular yabby fishing has put pressure on native wildlife that can unwittingly get caught inside opera house traps. Read more…