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Sea Claims
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The Meriam people depended for food and commerce not only on their gardens, but also on the foreshores, reefs and seas.

Their elaborate land tenure rules extended to these maritime areas, and the plaintiffs' claims included specific areas of both land and sea.

However, Queensland's jurisdiction ended at the three mile limit; the Commonwealth assumed control of the sea from there.

Nevertheless, for strategic reasons, the plaintiffs restricted their evidence to those claims within the three mile limit, and during the hearings Justice Moynihan heard detailed evidence about the ownership of fish traps and reefs along the coast.

Unfortunately, he was not satisfied the evidence established any form of exclusive rights to these areas, or that active enforcement of these rights occurred.
Ancient & Modern Ways
Topic
 
Great Barrier Reef, Mer, Murray Island, native title, reef, sea claims, sea rights, Subkaur Island
...Owning the stars, wind and sea...
Video
 
inheritance, Land Bilong Islanders, Malo's laws, Mer, Murray Island, ownership
...When the tide goes out...
Video
 
fish traps, fishing, Land Bilong Islanders, Mer, Murray Island, sea claims, sea rights, Wailu, Jack, witnesses
Sea Totems
Topic
 
Mer, Meriam culture, sacred, sea claims, sea rights, totems, tribes
Meriam Land Disputes
Topic
 
Dauar, Depoma, Marwer, land boundaries, land ownership, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo's laws, Malo's laws, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island Native Court, sea rights, trespass, Waier
Belonging To Country
Topic
 
aborigines, Australia, dreamtime, indigenous Australians, land ownership, land rights, sacred
Adapted To Their Continent
Topic
 
Australia, First Fleet, indigenous people, land use
A Sacred Landscape
Topic
 
aboriginal property ownership, anthropology, Australia, clans, dispossession, kinship, land ownership, religion, sacred
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
Topic
1986
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
...The seas and reefs...
Text
 
aboriginal law, Australian Court Case, Blackburn, Justice, Great Barrier Reef, indigenous law, McIntyre, Greg, Meriam culture, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, No Ordinary Judgement, plaintiffs, reef, sea, sea rights, Sharp, Dr. Nonie
...Abandonment of the Sea Claims...
Text
Jun, 26, 1989
aboriginal law, claim, Federal Government, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, McIntyre, Greg, plaintiffs, Queensland, sea, sea rights
Sea Rights
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fishing, Meriam culture, sea rights
Farming The Sea
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights
Hierarchies Of Land Use
Topic
 
barbarism, colonisation, terra nullius
In Meriam Waters
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Myths & Legends
Topic
 
Mer, Meriam culture, Murray Island
Performance, Art & The Sacred
Topic
 
Malo's laws, Malo-Bomai, Mer, Murray Island, religion, sacred
Seafarers & Food Growers
Topic
 
fishing, gardening, sea rights, seafarers
Something Deep Within Us
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sacred, sea rights, seafarers
The Sea That Belongs To The Land
Topic
 
fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sea rights, seafarers