The Sharing and Consumption of Dugong and Turtle Meat Outside Torres Strait: management implications and options

Delisle, Aurélie, Watkin Lui, Felecia, Stoeckl, Natalie, and Marsh, Helene (2015) The Sharing and Consumption of Dugong and Turtle Meat Outside Torres Strait: management implications and options. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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[Preamble] This report is associated with Project # 11/6 funded by the Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC), the primary aim of which was to generate information that could be used to support the long-term sustainability of the Torres Strait dugong fishery (already strongly underwritten by the numerous community-based management plans developed during the last 5 years and other research funded by AMMC and NERP). The project was initially conceptualised as an exploration of the sharing and consumption of dugong meat between Torres Strait Islander families. However, it became apparent at the onset of the project (see Section 2.5) that discussions regarding the sharing of dugong meat could not be separated from discussions about the sharing of turtle meat or seafood in general. Dugongs and green turtles are often hunted together and their meat is often shared along with other seafood. Thus, we could not have separated the consumption of these foods without compromising the objectives of the project. This report along with its accompanying documentation thus deals with the sharing of dugong meat, turtle meat and other seafood between Torres Strait Islanders who live in the Torres Strait (TS) and those living on the mainland. Particular attention is, however, paid to issues associated with dugong meat.

Item ID: 41583
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: Torres Strait, diaspora, cultural, bushmeat, dugong, turtle
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Final report prepared for the Australian Marine Mammal Centre (Project # 11/6)

ISBN: 978-0-9942333-7-0
Funders: Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC), National Environment Research Program (NERP), James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 06:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy @ 30%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950305 Conserving Natural Heritage @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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