On March 4, 2019, thirty-five Year 10 students travelled to Lakes Entrance to conduct a field research task to answer three propositions:
- Current fishing practices are fully sustainable in Australia with no threat to future generations.
- Rubbish is more likely to be found in the Northern regions of Australia.
- Marine pollution is a greater threat than local rubbish.
Students conducted primary data collection and research to test these propositions. This involved collecting, processing, and analysing data from three locations in Lakes Entrance.
At Kalimna Look-out, students drew a field sketch to observe and record human impacts. Next was a tour of the Lakes Entrance Fishing Co-operative where the students experienced first-hand the hard work and the long days workers at the Co-op endure to supply restaurants and markets with fresh local fish. The manager, Mr Brad Duncan, informed students about the range of regulations and practices in place designed to ensure sustainability.
Next, at the Lakes Entrance beach, students evaluated longshore drift by throwing an orange into the surf and watching as the orange moved along the shore. They recorded its movement over a three minute time period.
Last, students conducted a beach litter and marine debris survey.
Students are now processing their findings into a report in-class. This experience is replicating that of VCE students, therefore, setting them up for future success.
Many thanks to Mrs Rachel Storer and Mr Marc Bain for their support of the trip.
Year 10 Teacher