As the seafood industry sector continues to grow in specific regions of Australia, it becomes evermore interwoven into the fabric of these communities. These communities generally are not large state capitals, but small tight knit centres of population, such as Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. These towns recognise the importance of their industries, which in turn fosters a collective positive attitude towards them. This positive attitude is shared with even their younger community members. The youth of these communities see fisheries and aquaculture as an attainable career and many grasp this opportunity, however this has not happened by chance. One of the more successful mechanisms in promoting the plethora careers around fisheries and aquaculture is it’s integration into high school curriculum.
In 2010, the Seafood CRC implemented a high school engagement initiative in the Eyre Peninsula area. We wanted to see first hand what local high schools were doing to promote the seafood industry as a legitimate career. The following video describes what we found in this study.
The Australian Seafood CRC is established and supported under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Programme. Other investors in the CRC are the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Seafood CRC company members and supporting participants.