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World is their oyster at Cowell Area School

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Source: ABC Rural

The school will present a paper at the World Aquaculture Conference being held in Adelaide over the June long weekend.The Cowell Area School on the Eyre Peninsula, is attracting international interest, for the oyster lease program it has running for its students.

Principal Jan Potter says, after the conference they will host a Japanese contingent, interested in what is happening at the school.

“That is very exciting for us…when they come they bring different people from big businesses in Japan and they are totally amazed at what we do.”

All the students all play a part in the running of the school’s oyster lease.

They go out on the boat and collect the baskets, grade the oysters and help to market them.

But, Mrs Potter says they also learn about the science behind the industry.

“We try and broaden the base from being an oyster farmer, to show that it is way more than just shucking an oyster.

“Just like any industry, there is that one thing that people see you do, but there are also a million other things that go on behind the scenes.”

She says a lot of students have gone out and found jobs in the industry after showing an interest at school.

“We have had about four or five students do school based apprenticeships, but the other really good thing is the real focus on the science of the industry and two of our students have gone off and done marine biology at university.

“Not everyone here is going to end up in the oyster industry, but hopefully they will end up with a really good work ethic.”

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