Issue 11
Monday, 04 July 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Associate Professor Natasha Stacey recently attended the conference in Japan
Associate Professor Natasha Stacey recently attended the conference in Japan

Paper defines border issues at Japan conference

By Katie Weiss

A researcher has presented her latest findings on Indonesian traditional fishing practices, and their management in waters bordering the Arafura and Timor Seas, during a recent conference in Japan.

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Associate Professor Natasha Stacey was invited to present the paper at a session on trans-border migration and border management at the 2016 Annual National Conference of the Australian Studies Association of Japan.

During the conference at Wakayama University, Dr Stacey said traditional fisheries operating in the region had undergone major changes during recent decades. But she said some livelihood strategies had endured despite the various drivers impacting them.

Dr Stacey said a re-evaluation of the Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Indonesia would help regulate and assist legal, small-scale traditional practices of local fishers, including the Bajau fishers of Indonesia’s Islands.