During Week 3, twelve students enrolled in a Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support course participated in a week-long camp to Coodlie Park (between Elliston and Port Kenny). Accompanying us was Hamish Telfer, a Senior Fisheries Officer from PIRSA and instructor from the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy. Throughout the week, students were given practical experiences to allow them to complete units from their course.
The focus of the course is on compliance with both recreational and commercial fisheries regulations, and the skills needed to support their enforcement. Students were also taught practical skills related to fishing, fish measurement, awareness of size and bag limits, and the sustainability of South Australian fish stocks.
Given the nature of the course, the students were also exposed to skills needed in launching, driving, and safely handling a boat. Safety requirements whilst boating, weather, tides and wind monitoring were also covered. The importance of note-taking and working as a team were also highlighted throughout the week.
The final task was to present an education session to younger students, and we thank the Elliston Area School for allowing us to present to them.
We experienced a wonderful week and thoroughly enjoyed the camping experience at Coodlie Park. No phone service, no power (other than solar) and sleeping in swags were experiences that the students became accustomed to by the end of the week. We had lots of opportunities to speak to commercial fishers (octopus, oyster, A class), and we attended the launch of the new Fisheries boat at Streaky Bay.
We spent a day fishing at Venus Bay, a day at Streaky Bay and a day experiencing the coast at Elliston. The students also spent lots of time working through their workbooks, so it wasn’t all fun and games!
I would like to thank Hassie and Jo for hosting us at Coodlie Park, Malcolm Miller and John Hirschausen for their support, and Hamish Telfer for his work with the students.
~ Mrs Amy O’Brien (Assistant Principal: Aboriginal Education & Projects)