Samantha Nowland has a dream to see tropical oysters being cultured by Indigenous communities across northern Australia. Since 2014, she has been working alongside Indigenous communities, universities and government departments to assess the technical, economic and socioeconomic feasibility of tropical rock oyster aquaculture businesses. Samantha has a background in marine biology and aquaculture, and a PhD on hatchery culture techniques for Blacklip Rock Oysters to support Indigenous economic development in remote Northern Territory. Her current areas of research interest include; tropical aquaculture, sustainable development of fisheries-aquaculture, community empowerment through economic development and women’s leadership in the seafood industry. She is the Northern Territory Director for Women in Seafood Australasia and an Adjunct Research Fellow, at the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research, University of the Sunshine Coast and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University.
Samantha is a Territorian and passionate about Australian seafood and the ocean. Samantha will undertake her Churchill Fellowship to investigate the current challenges and possible solutions facing remote Australian Indigenous communities farming native rock oysters.
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