It was back in Easter time this year that I spent some time over at the Abrolhos Islands as part of the PhotoVoice; the Abrolhos project.
The project's aim was to showcase a fishing community’s experience of environment and social change seen through the camera lens.
Hundreds of photos and seven months later, the exhibition is now open to the public at the WA Museum Geraldton which concludes 24 February 2013.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are better known as the ‘Abrolhos’. They are a group of over 120 islands about 60 kilometres off the coast of Geraldton.
They are part of the most southerly located coral reef in the Indian Ocean which is also one of the highest latitude coral reefs in the world.
The rock lobster fishery is the main fishery at the Abrolhos and started at the islands in the 1880s.
Many of the families have fished at the Abrolhos for generations.
Fishers have a very strong sense of identity with the industry and a strong sense of place at the Abrolhos.
This exhibition focuses on the many environmental and social changes that have occurred over the last five to ten years in the rock lobster industry and the island communities.
Along with the fishers photos and stories, a selection of ABC Open Stories from the Abrolhos Islands will also be on show.
Thanks to everyone involved with the project and for everyone making me feel welcome on the Islands. It was a pleasure to listen to your stories and I hope to see you out there again one day!