Bobs Farm Public School students get fisheries education

The students from Bobs Farm Public School at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute.

STUDENTS from Bobs Farm Public School have spent a day at the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Port Stephens Fisheries Institute (PSFI) at Taylors Beach.

One of the largest specialised aquaculture research facilities in the country, the PFSI is a multi-disciplinary centre with staff from several units within the DPI based on-site.

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The site is part of a broader complex of fisheries-focused DPI sites including the Narrandera and Grafton Fisheries Centres and the Batemans Bay and Coffs Harbour Fisheries Offices.

The Bobs Farm primary class excursion was an extension to their literacy unit of study on the novel ‘Blueback’ by Tim Winton.

“Parents, students and staff learnt about fisheries research, aquaculture, recreational fishing, the local oyster industry and all about different algae grown to feed the growing fish in the facility,” said Megan Elliott, Principal of Bobs Farm Public School.

“A big thank you to Luke from DPI for leading the presentation and parent Shona for suggesting to the school of 37 students to attend after her son Cobin in year 3 told her how much he now loved reading due to the story in class about Blueback.”

Excursion attendees were also encouraged to think about opportunities for further learning when they reach high school.

Students can choose electives in marine and aqua studies at Tomaree High.

“The DPI is always keen to have volunteers from high school for work experience,” she said.


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