Samantha Nowland from NT has a dream to see tropical oysters being cultured by Indigenous communities across northern Australia.
Samantha is about to embark on her Churchill Fellowship to USA, Canada and New Zealand to investigate current challenges facing remote communities working towards farming native rock oysters.
Since 2014, Samantha 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.
Samantha is the NT Director for Women In Seafood Australasia, 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 University of the Sunshine Coast.
If you would like to join Samantha on her oyster aquaculture adventures she will be posting on Instagram @aquaculture_sam