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Fisheries training for Indigenous marathoners

A group of Indigenous adults will undergo training in fisheries compliance at the Industry & Investment NSW Batemans Bay office as part of their journey on the Robert De Castella documentary Running to America.

Industry & Investment NSW Director of Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton said the training would give the participants new skills and an insight to a potential career path.

“The Running in America documentary follows a group of Indigenous youth from the Northern Territory as they prepare for the 2010 New York Marathon,” Mr Tritton said.

“As well as undergoing physical training to allow them to complete the marathon, the participants are mentored and exposed to new experiences such as potential career opportunities.

“Our fisheries officers will be assisting with the training to give the participants an insight into the important role they play in protecting our fisheries resources.

“The six hour compliance training will allow them to go back to their communities in the Northern Territory with a new set of skills.”

The Australian Centre for Environmental Compliance will provide the compliance awareness training during May at the Industry & Investment NSW Fisheries Office in Batemans Bay.

Mr Roger Ilitch from the Australian Centre for Environmental Compliance said the training will include a combination of theory and field based exercises.

“We will be running a series of practical exercises with the help of the fisheries officers to enhance the training experience for the participants and give them a good understanding of the industry,” Illitch said.

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