Participants in this slideshow examine water and its importance for wildlife and local communities.
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Pump sheds, Kerri (Goolwa)
Pump sheds on edge of Lake Alexandrina
Lake edge, Kerri (Goolwa)
Goolwa Barrage, Cassie (Goolwa)
Men working on the Goolwa Barrage c1920's
Goolwa Ferry, Cassie (Goolwa)
Last trip on Ferry to Hindmarsh Island
Margaret's shack, Cassie (Goolwa)
The shack from the water
Lakes & Coorong Cockling, David (Goolwa)
Lakes & Coorong Cocklers working in the Southern Ocean.
The original 3,000 Aboriginal residents of the Coorong region traditionally fished the rich marine, estuarine and freshwater resources of this highly productive ecosystem. Commercial fishing by white settlers is documented from as early as 1846, and soon developed into a significant supply of fish to the Adelaide Markets. A limited entry fishery with currently 37 licensed family businesses, it continues the conservative resource management tradition which has seen the fishery prosper through 151 years.
The diversity of species mirrors the diversity of habitat available to the fishery including the freshwater lakes Alexandrina and Albert, the estuarine/marine/hyper saline Coorong, and coastal waters extending out to three nautical miles from Goolwa Beach. The dominant commercial species of the fishery currently are yellow-eye mullet, mulloway, cockles, callop (golden perch), carp and to a lesser extent flounder and bony bream.
Fishing methods utilise low mechanisation coupled with highly energy efficient netting and manual harvest types. This results in low by-catch, highly specific methods when undertaken by the well-trained operators. Significant effort reduction has taken place over the past 20 years to make up for gear developments. The Fishery directly employs 73 people and indirectly up to 50 more. It produced a GVP in 2002/03 of over $5m, which contributes greatly to the regional economy.