The Year 10 Marine Operations class participated in an excursion today, to see some of our local seafood industries at work.
This morning, we visited Yumbah Aquaculture and toured their abalone farm and hatchery. Our tour guide Damien went through all facets of the spawning and grow-out procedures for abalone. We were unable to see the oyster hatchery due to the significant biosecurity risks and the need for Yumbah to supply local growers due to a shortage of spat.
Our next stops were the wharf, to see the unloading of pilchards, and the marina, to view the businesses that are located in that area. A visit to The Fresh Fish Place included a tour of their receiving and filleting areas. Afterwards, we enjoyed a wonderful feed of fish and chips and a tasting of their local smoked and pickled produce.
Our final stop was Tony’s Tuna where we learnt about their business and experienced their freezer facilities.
Thank you to the local businesses who opened their doors to our students – it was an engaging and enlightening day.
~ Mrs Amy O’Brien (Marine Operations teacher)