Motivations for sharing bushmeat with an urban diaspora in indigenous Australia

Watkin Lui, Felecia, Stoeckl, Natalie, Delisle, Aurélie, Kiatkoski-Kim, Milena, and Marsh, Helene (2016) Motivations for sharing bushmeat with an urban diaspora in indigenous Australia. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21 (4). pp. 345-360.

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Abstract

The hunting and trade of bushmeat is a significant issue. The sharing of marine bushmeat between Australian Torres Strait Islanders and their mainland urban diaspora was documented from a diaspora perspective by collecting quantitative and qualitative data from communities in three mainland cities. Motivations for sharing dugong and turtle meat were almost exclusively cultural and mostly occurred when a diaspora member visited Torres Strait, when Torres Strait Islanders visited their mainland family, during Islander ceremonies, or when goods were exchanged as gifts. Each respondent consumed relatively little dugong and turtle meat (<1–2% of annual meat consumption, or < 1 kg per person per annum). Sharing bushmeat strengthened social capital and reinforced cultural identity. Harnessing the social capital generated from the sharing of bushmeat to engage the urban diaspora in dugong and turtle management activities in the Torres Strait could enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of such initiatives.

Item ID: 44214
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: bushmeat, dugong, indigenous, Torres Strait Islanders, turtle, values
ISSN: 1533-158X
Funders: Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC), James Cook University Dugong Research Fund, National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Tropical Ecosystems Hub
Projects and Grants: AMMC Project 11/6, Tropical Ecosystems Hub Project 2.1
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 03:30
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 50%
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