Recently WRL partnered with Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative to host boys and staff from the Clontarf Academy in Geraldton. This initiative by WRL aims to introduce indigenous youth to experiences and opportunities in the western rock lobster industry.
WRL Chair Terry Lissiman spoke with the boys at Geraldton Senior High School and together with GFC’s Leith Teakle, showed videos of rock lobster fishing and shore-based jobs including processing and transport.
Following the introductory discussions and videos, staff and students boarded a bus to GFC where they toured the live lobster facility and operations.
The group were able to see the lobsters up close and handle them before watching the day’s catch being processed by GFC staff. The group then moved to WRL Director Peter Bailey’s “DayDawn” for a detailed viewing of one of the most recently built and technologically advanced lobster vessel.
The tour wound down with the staff and boys enjoying some fish and chips on the deck before returning to school.
A special thanks to GFC and everyone involved in the Clontarf Academy initiative. It was a great success and will hopefully improve indigenous employment opportunities in the western rock lobster industry.