Darwin to host inaugural Australian Sea Country Conference


Darwin will host the inaugural Australian Sea Country Conference in September attracting an expected 500 delegates from across Australia.

To be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from September 24–26, the conference is hosted by the Aboriginal Sea Company (ASC) and coordinated by Agentur Professional Conferences & Events with the support of NT Business Events.

“Australia currently has national peak bodies representing seafood industry, recreational fishers and environmental interests in sea country, but there is nothing in place for First Nations,” said Robert ‘Bo’ Carne, ASC’s chief executive.

‘This conference presents an opportunity to have greater consistency in the recognition of Native Title Rights and relevant legislation regulated by States and Territories”.

State and Federal Ministers have also been asked to join heads of First Nations corporations, scientists and industry to respond to questions posed by the organisers on creating solutions to climate change, reducing environmental impacts and how to balance resource access rights and resource protection conflicts.

“By bringing together diverse voices and perspectives, we aspire to contribute to a future where First Nations governance models, traditional knowledge, and leadership are central to shaping Australia’s marine environment,” said Carne.

An evening program has been designed for more intimate conversations in the relaxed settings of two of Darwin’s waterfront restaurants, Wharf One, and Mindil Beach Resort, where sustainable NT caught seafood is sure to be on the menu.