Miya worked with Dr Dermot Smyth (Smyth & Bahrdt Consultants), who was responsible for the design of the highly successful Indigenous Protected Areas programme, to co-author a chapter on Indigenous peoples and marine protected areas in the CSIRO publication Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas.
This chapter explores the concept of sea country, and Indigenous people’s connection to their traditional maritime estates, as well as the various legislative and other models and approaches in each Australian jurisdiction for recognising and enabling Indigenous people to exercise their rights and interests in sustainably managing these areas.
[Smyth, D., Isherwood, M. (2016) ‘Protecting sea country: Indigenous peoples and marine protected areas in Australia’. Big Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas. James Fitzsimons and Geoff Westcott (editors), CSIRO Publishing]