FRDC WINSC Professional Development Scholarship Winner 2008-09

20 Oct

Congratulations to: Annemette Conn, Wonga Beach, Nth Queensland.

After graduating with a Masters in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Plymouth University in the UK, Anni migrated to Australia and settled in country Victoria where she was fortunate to secure her first real job with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries in their Freshwater Fisheries section. Based at the rural facility of Snobs Creek in the Great Dividing Range, she worked for 4 years as a Technical Officer on several freshwater fisheries projects including researching the status of the endangered Macquarie Perch; and a Victorian wide population study on the introduced and problematic Common Carp Cyprinus Carpio. She then took a leap from the public service into the commercial sector and joined the team at Goulburn River Trout; Australia’s largest Rainbow trout farm. This introduced her to the business of aquaculture and she quickly became hooked.

Anni worked in sales and processing for the Meggitt family for 5 years until her husband took a job in Far North Queensland and new adventures beckoned. Not being able to stay away from the industry for long, she sought a position with Seafarm, one of Australia’s largest prawn farming companies where she took on the role of Business Manager at the companies Mossman site, just north of Port Douglas.

Anni now facilitates the production of 250 tonnes of banana prawns per year which, with 12 million prawns to take care of, leaves little time for anything else. However she says it is extremely rewarding to be able to produce a top quality product that always receives great accolades from the market and pleasantly surprises those who are skeptical about farmed seafood.

Anni feels very fortunate to have recently been awarded a $6000 FRDC scholarship through the Women’s Industry Seafood Network Community to undertake a study tour of prawn processing facilities overseas during 2009. This opportunity will allow her to tour some of the largest and most innovative prawn processing facilities in Europe and the Americas and bring back information on novel technologies and more efficient processes that could benefit the Australian prawn industry. She is very excited to be able to take part in this years National Seafood Industry Leadership program and Anni views it as a great opportunity to gain valuable professional leadership skills to enable her to make further positive contributions to the Australian seafood industry in whatever way possible to help to ensure its sustainable long-term future.

Be Sociable, Share!