Aquaculture technician Lachlan Hulands is proof that the world truly is your oyster.
The Assistant Production Manager at Southern Ocean Mariculture has been at the abalone farm for five years, working as an aquaculture technician.
“I do a lot of animal husbandry with abalone, grading abalone and getting them ready for market,” Lachlan says.
“We have about 20 employees and I oversee about 10 of them.”
Lachlan’s story is being told this week as an ambassador of the Food + Fibre Great South Coast’s 2020 re-imaging campaign. He studied Environmental Science and Marine Biology at Deakin University Warrnambool, before beginning work at Southern Ocean Mariculture.
“I love my job – it’s great. Every day is different; one day I could be doing the basic animal husbandry type stuff, the next day I might be spawning next year’s stock of abalone and the next day I could be out diving.”
Lachlan says young people should absolutely pursue a career in agriculture.
“There’s a wide variety of careers in agriculture and aquaculture is just one of them. I believe there will soon be a Diploma in Aquaculture offered locally, there’s a lot of opportunity in this field.
“If you’ve got an interest in the marine area get a degree and go for it. If you’re interested in aquaculture there’s an opportunity right here on your doorstep.
“The South Coast of Australia produces some of the world’s best abalone, it’s environmentally sustainable and it is truly a world class product.”