A mix of contemporary and traditional eel farming techniques is the basis of the Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project. The historic, as well as potential eel-harvests – from traditionally-constructed eel aquaculture systems – is being investigated in SW Vic.
I think Primary School students would love to hear stories like this…
10,000 years ago a volcanic landscape near Portland in south-western Victoria was home to a large, settled Aboriginal community systematically farming eels for food and trade – one of Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture ventures?
This area is/was a haven for shortfin eels that migrate from Vanuatu and New Caledonia, almost 3000 kilometres away, attracted by the climate and abundant moisture of the Portland region.
Evidence produced by Monash postdoctoral fellow Dr Heather Builth shows that;
“a quite different, complex Aboriginal community based on a sustainable economy driven by eels,” says Dr Builth.
The managing consortium consists of the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, a National Landcare Project, local industries, farmers and Victorian Government department and educational institutions.
A fascinating project – what do you think?