Aquaculture Careers Day and Boat Trip – 27 April 2023

Ange from NRDA and Marine Farming Association (MFA) took 20 students from local Nelson Tasman high schools out on the water – highlighting careers and pathways in the aquaculture industry.

The day was jam-packed with hands-on, interactive, practical and educational activities. While sailing out to Croisilles Harbour on the Grey Heron, groups learnt what it takes to be a skipper and how to tie a reef knot and a bowline with Jonathan. Groups also heard from Trevyn the Marine Scientist about his work and Shenae from NMIT / Te Pūkenga about helpful course and study options. Alex from MFA showed the career pathways that can be achieved in various areas of the industry, working from entry level, and learning while you earn into the more senior roles.

Students got to explore a working oyster farm and saw the innovative flip farm system in action. Marlborough Oysters owner Aaron outlined the benefits of his Flip Farm technology before hosting students onboard the floating barge where oysters are graded and bagged. He told the students that oysters filter 150 litres of water a day – they are like nature’s vacuum cleaners. A few students were keen enough to try fresh oysters and others had a go at shucking mussels.

An awesome day out on the water showcasing the wide range of careers in aquaculture!