Issue 4
Monday, 10 April 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Aquaculture students from left: Blake Ritchie, James Welsh, Daniel Scullion, Haydn Klein, Luis Buchanan, Aurora Philpin and Jayden Turner
Aquaculture students from left: Blake Ritchie, James Welsh, Daniel Scullion, Haydn Klein, Luis Buchanan, Aurora Philpin and Jayden Turner

Pearl farmers dive into aquaculture course

By Katie Weiss

Thirteen pearl farm trainees are polishing their skills in aquaculture through a Charles Darwin University course that supports the iconic North Australian industry.

Maritime and Seafood Team Leader Chadd Mumme said the newly designed Certificate III in Aquaculture would upskill workers in the pearling industry and aimed to boost job retention rates.

Mr Mumme said students were studying tropical aquaculture species including the “Pintada maxima” mother of pearl oyster, and working towards a coxswain seafarer licence.

“The course will help students gain a deeper understanding about the biology of the animals they work with and how a farming environment can impact on the product,” Mr Mumme said.

He said students also would study components of the pearl farming process, from hatchery to grow-out, during the nationally accredited course.

Daniel Scullion, who works as a deckhand for pearling company Paspaley, said the course would help him and his peers to explore new opportunities in the industry.

“The course teaches you a lot about pearling and Chadd and the staff have a lot of experience with aquaculture,” Daniel said.

“You get a lot more job opportunities with every ticket you get.”