Exploiting marine wildlife in Queensland: the commercial dugong and marine turtle fisheries, 1847-1969

Daley, Ben, Griggs, Peter, and Marsh, Helene (2008) Exploiting marine wildlife in Queensland: the commercial dugong and marine turtle fisheries, 1847-1969. Australian Economic History Review, 48 (3). pp. 227-265.

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Abstract

The historical exploitation of marine resources in Queensland has only been partially documented. In particular, the history of the commercial fishing of dugongs and marine turtles has received comparatively little scholarly attention. Since European settlement in Queensland, various human activities have exploited these resources. We present documentary and oral history evidence of the scale of those industries. Based on extensive archival and oral history research, we argue that diverse fishing practices occurred and that the sustained exploitation of dugongs, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles led to observable declines in the numbers of these animals – now species of conservation concern.

Item ID: 8127
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: commercial fisheries; dugongs; Great Barrier Reef; marine turtles; Australia; hunting
ISSN: 1467-8446
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 03:06
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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