Marine Parks Sea Ranger Program – Marine Parks Australia Grant

On 29th April 2022, BYAC and Central Regional TAFE/BCMI received a letter from the Community Grants Hub, notifying us that the outcome of our application under round three of the Our Marine Parks Grants Program was successful!! The Marine and Island Parks Branch of Parks Australia, in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, are the responsible agency for this grant program and we have been in constant contact to commence this amazing project.

The partnership between Central Regional TAFE/BCMI and BYAC will build the capacity for emerging Yamatji Sea Rangers to manage their traditional Sea Country. Rangers will be trained in marine survey techniques through two-way learning (scientific methodology and traditional knowledge) and the surveys will build an understanding of the biocultural values of the Abrolhos Marine Park, alongside Elders providing knowledge and guidance.

Through training and education activities with schools and communities, this project will contribute to greater awareness of marine park values and the threats impacting on them. The program will also provide a pathway to employment and partnerships will secure ongoing employment and engagement as active participants in the management of the Abrolhos Marine Park and broader region.

We are currently finalising the Job Description for the Project Co-Ordinator to start the process and will be advising this position, as well as for the ranger positions on our website.