Indigenous students journey to Crab Claw 


The Indigenous Academic Support Unit and the School of Engineering and Logistics (Maritime Studies) have combined their efforts to ensure that Indigenous students are provided with the support and assistance required when enrolling and preparing for their course.

Fourteen students undertook Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations and Sea Ranger) at Crab Claw Island last week. The students were from Darwin, Wadeye and Maningrida.

The delivery of the course at Crab Claw Island is a result of collaboration between CDU Maritime lecturers Milton Miller and Grant Rubock, and Terry Mahney from the Caring for Country Unit, Northern Land Council.

The course aims at qualifying the sea rangers as full USL code coxswains. This is a commercial ticket and is the requirement for trading and fishing operations for vessels up to 12 meters and up to 15 nautical miles off shore with 250 KW of power.

Units from the certificate are the mandatory units for coxswain. They also achieve a marine radio operator’s certificate of competency.

Indigenous Academic Support Lecturer, Kathy Arbon admired the classroom for the course, commenting, ‘this is not only an excellent location with beautiful scenery, but very appropriate in this instance.’

For information about the role and function of the Indigenous Academic Support Unit and how the staff within the IASU may be able to assist and support your students, please visit or contact the unit on 8946 6479.

For information about Seafood Industry courses, please contact Di Miller from the School of Engineering and Logistics on 8946 7383 or visit