YEAR 9 CONNECTIONS PROGRAM: Fish for the Future Students involved in the Connections Fish for the Future focus group have been learning about sustainable fishing practices including, recreational fishing guidelines, effects of introduced species, local fish stocking initiatives, commercial fish harvesting processes and various other marine and environmental issues.
The program also aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their angling skills, including learning to tie basic knots and rigs, the importance of bait presentation, casting and retrieving, correct release techniques (to ensure an undersized and/or unwanted catch has the best chance of survival) and the effects of wind, tide and current within an estuary environment.
During a recent field trip to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, students learnt about size and bag limits, the role of fisheries officers, nearby sanctuaries and some of the marine life found with the local region. This was followed by an introductory fishing skills session presented by Fishcare at Queenscliff Pier. Earlier this week, students attempted to put theory into practice - catching and releasing a handful of juvenile salmon and mullet from the banks of the Barwon River estuary - despite some challenging weather conditions.