Miller one of four in fisheries officer program

FISHING: Delehay Miller said ensuring sustainable fishing was an important part of his role as fisheries officer.

FISHING: Delehay Miller said ensuring sustainable fishing was an important part of his role as fisheries officer.

Two Eyre Peninsula men are being groomed to work as fisheries officers as part of a state government initiative.

Delahay Miller from Port Lincoln and Bronson Laughton from Ceduna are among four people across South Australia to be accepted to the Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathways program to gain the skills required for employment as a fisheries officer.

The pair joined as part of a two-year program working with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), along with the recent appointment of a traditional fisheries manager.

“This provides an opportunity for Aboriginal people to be mentored by experienced PIRSA staff to gain skills and qualifications,” Mr Miller said.

Mr Miller, who grew up at Elliston, said long-term sustainability was a huge part of the role.

“We are out in the field doing patrols, whether on land or sea and we look at bag limits,” the 24-year-old said.

“It’s a great job and lifestyle – I love my fishing and I want future generations to have the same sustainable fishing available.”

Mr Laughton said fishing was important to him.

“We have to go out and make sure commercial fishermen are doing the right thing,” he said.

The 31-year-old said he was “proud” to be part of the program, with both men aiming to be long-term fisheries officers.

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