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Economic importance of coast and marine environment


Source: Coastal Zone Inquiry Final Report, Resource Assessment Commission, 1993.


Seafood consumption

30-40% diet (calorific intake) of outstation community in NT

20% diet of urbanised community in southern Queensland

among highest in the world by Torres Strait Islanders

Small-scale commercial fishing enterprises

crayfish, trochus and pearl shell harvesting in Torres Strait

(most cray boats are operated by Islanders; most pearl shell divers are Islanders)

trochus shell harvesting in WA

pearling industry licences in NT

little commercial fishing is undertaken in southern Australia

Coastal tourism

Tiwi Tours on Bathurst Melville islands in NT

Pajinka Lodge, Cape York in Qld

Cape Leveque in WA

Kakadu Lodge in NT

Dreamtime Cultural Centre at Rockhampton in Qld

Wreck Bay Walkabouts at Jervis Bay in NSW

numerous Aboriginal Dance Companies operate in tourism centres in coastal zone

Resource development (royalty arrangements)

manganese mining at Groote Eylandt in NT

bauxite mining at Nhulunbuy in NT

silica mining at Cape Flattery in Qld

uranium mining at Kakadu in NT

mineral sand exploration in Tiwi Islands in NT* (* joint venture between Indigenous company and mining) company