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Current Project: Pre European Aquaculture in Northern Australia
After completing an undergraduate degree and an MSc by research in aquaculture and marine ecology at the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University), Graeme established the Darwin based consulting company Lo Tech Aquaculture Pty Ltd. He has been working for several years with Indigenous communities in Arnhemland, NT, and Eastern Indonesia to develop low technology aquaculture products and techniques suitable for remote areas.
In the course of this work Graeme has located a hitherto unrecorded and unexplained sub & inter-tidal stone structure near a remote community in Arnhemland. Local traditional owners have no actual knowledge of, or stories relating to this structure other than a notion that Macassan might have built it. This does not fit with our current knowledge of Macassan practices; however there may be a link to several references in East Arnhemland to unrecorded aquaculture techniques used by coastal clans before the arrival of Europeans. As these techniques have not been practised for many years, tribal elders have offered to pass on their knowledge in order to preserve it.
Drawing on his knowledge of aquaculture and under the guidance of Traditional Owners, Graeme will research, record and recreate traditional aquaculture systems. Concurrently, he will attempt to determine the age and original use of the stone structure and, by comparing its structure to traditional techniques, identify its builders.