Term 2 has seen the first of our Year 9, 100hr Marine Studies classes completing the Fish Harvesting unit. As part of this unit students learn a range of line fishing techniques, while also evaluating current fishing legislation in both NSW and QLD. We have also been lucky enough to have Mrs Lexe Busbridge in our classrooms to discuss the local Indigenous Fishing Management Plan and have had the chance to analyse how and why regulations may differ for Indigenous communities.
As a culmination of the unit, students went on a day trip to Cudgen Creek where they put their skills into practice and got a chance to christen the SJC Tinny on its first official outing. The day was a great success with fantastic weather and a large variety of fish being caught and released. Some highlights included Finn Hyne’s 44cm mullet, Lily Mooney’s “biggest flathead”, Arlend Higgins haul of over ten fish, (mostly Butter Bream), and Bronte Borger’s persistence on the bridge, (more Butter Bream), for most of the day.
A big thank you needs to go to Mrs Sands and Mr O'Reilly for coming with us and ensuring that a great day was had by all. We are now looking forward to our other 100hr and 200hr classes completing this unit in the upcoming 5 week block and getting the chance to get out and set some new records at the creek.
Thanks to all for a great day.
Mr Martin Fairweather
Marine Studies Teacher