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Juru, Gia and Ngaro Turtle and Dugong Memorandum of Understanding

Category: Agreement
Date: 5 July 2005
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:Queensland, Australia
The lands of the Juru, Gia and Ngaro people are in and around Ayr, Bowen and Proserpine in North Queensland.
Alternative Names:
  • Turtle and Dugong Memorandum of Understanding
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Environmental Heritage | Marine
    Summary Information:
    The Juru, Gia and Ngaro Turtle and Dugong Memorandum of Understanding ('the MOU') was signed on 5 July 2005 between the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and the Juru, Gia and Ngaro, Traditional Owners from Ayr, Bowen and Proserpine.

    The MOU concerns the suspension of dugong hunting in the North Queensland coastal waters of the Juru, Gia and Ngaro, formalising the groups' self-imposed ban on dugong hunting. It also introduces a self-managed permit system for marine turtle hunting and use, so that the practice is better controlled and monitored, in accordance with traditional practice as agreed to by the community. For example, turtles used in some cultural ceremonies will not be killed but will instead be tagged and released.
    Detailed Information:
    The agreement is described by the EPA as 'historic', being the first multi-clan agreement that has been reached with the organisation. The Queensland Government hopes that the MOU will be the 'first of many multi-clan agreements with Traditional Owners along the Queensland coast' (Department of Environment and Heritage). Wayne Butterworth, a Traditional Owner from the Juru People, said that the MOU 'does show that we can work together on issues such as this' (ABC Online).

    Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Lampton on behalf of the Juru People v State of Queensland [2015] FCA 609 (Juru People Part B)
  • Organisation
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) - Signatory
  • People
  • Juru People
  • Juru, Gia and Ngaro people - Signatory
  • Gia People
  • Ngaro People

  • References

    General Reference
    North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (February 2005) "Dugong and Marine Turtle Knowledge Handbook - Indigenous initiatives in the Great Barrier Reef Region"
    Newspaper Article
    ABC Online (7 July 2005) Stakeholders agree on traditional hunting limits
    Resource
    Environmental Protection Agency Bulletin (14 July 2005) Traditional owners to protect State's turtles and dugong
    Marine Turtle Recovery Newsletter (July 2005) Traditional Owners sign agreement with the Queensland Government

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    Memorandum of Understanding

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