Marine Farming Association Aquaculture Trip – 4 May 2022

Local Nelson Tasman high schools experienced a Boat Trip highlighting careers and vocational pathways in the aquaculture industry with Marine Farming Association (MFA).  The day was jam-packed with hands on, interactive, practical, and educational activities.

While sailing out to Croisilles Harbour, groups learnt what it takes to be a skipper and how to tie a clove hitch and a bowline. Groups also heard from Emilee (NIWA) about her mussel bed restoration project and from Denise, an aquaculture tutor and specialist from NMIT, 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.  Aaron (oyster business owner and flip farm creator) spoke about his inspiring journey in the industry.  A few students were keen enough to try fresh oysters and others had a go at shucking mussels.  Two students got chatting with the marine farming business owner Jonathan about starting some work experience and another got some great advice on where to next to with her interest in marine science and the environment.  Crabs were found, fish were spotted, there was learning about the industry, marine reserves, and the King Shag project – the day was an all-round success.