Miller one of four to complete first ever Aboriginal Fisheries program

Eyre Peninsula local Delahay Miller has become one of the first four fisheries officers to graduate from the first Aboriginal Fisheries Officer Career Pathways Program.

GRADUATED: Delahay Miller at his workplace at the Port Lincoln Marina.

GRADUATED: Delahay Miller at his workplace at the Port Lincoln Marina.

The group of four newly graduated officers are from different Aboriginal sea nations around the state.

"In a nutshell a training opportunity came up in the department and I jumped at it," said Mr Miller about joining the first program two years ago.

"Growing up in Elliston I was always heavily involved in diving, surfing and fishing...naturally the move over made sense."

Mr Miller gained practical hands-on training and a Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance, trained under the guidance of his supervisors in Port Lincoln.

He said he had only just recently gained permanency with Primary Industries and Region's SA (PIRSA).

"It was an underlying objective of PIRSA's to foster positive relationships between Aboriginal communities and the agency," he said.

"I like being involved with fishing industries...the whole package was appetising to me."

He said he works with fisheries compliance and the monitoring of quotas, and educating and enforcing compliance rules and regulations.

He also said the job was something he would "absolutely" encourage young people in the community to do.

"It's a great agency being involved with, it requires a lot of dedication and commitment to the program but the rewards are worth it," he said.

Mr Miller said he wanted his career as a fisheries officer to be long term.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said the graduation of the four officers was positive progress in managing Aboriginal traditional fishing in the state.

"Congratulations to Cobi Lovett, Bronson Laughton, Delahay Miller and Joshua Smith," he said.

"These four young people have taken a great step in shaping their future and their communities.

"After completing two years' on the job training these Aboriginal men and women from the Limestone Coast, the Far West Coast, Eyre Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula will go on to work in partnership with their communities as Fisheries Officers.

"Throughout the program the group has facilitated fisheries and compliance efforts across the state and assisted with strengthening relationships with Aboriginal communities.

"Since the program started, it has expanded to include trainees from across the state, meaning greater representation of South Australian Aboriginal communities."