The abalone industry in Augusta continues to grow, with the announcement this month of the latest recruits to join the Ocean Grown Abalone (OGA) team.
OGA recently hired two local boys Josh Dorigo and Jack Harrington, from Margaret River and Bunbury respectively.
The lads are currently doing their dive ticket in Tasmania, paid for by OGA so they can start work on the Augusta abalone ranch upon successful completion of their commercial dive ticket.
“I’ve always loved the southwest and I’ve grown up here diving and exploring the coast. I was so excited when this position came up and to be given the opportunity to complete a dive ticket to work commercially was an added bonus! We are enjoying our time here in Tasmania and I’m looking forward to starting with a great bunch of people in Augusta soon.” Jack said.
“We are always looking to employ and engage locals first and foremost. OGA is focused on giving back to the local community, one way we do this is by employing local people,” said Brad Adams, OGA Managing Director.
OGA are expanding their workforce to meet the increase in demand for premium seafood products in Australia and overseas. With the opening of the new processing facility due to happen in June this year and their recent ASX announcement to increase their Flinders Bay lease, the Company is in a real growth phase.
“Our harvest and production levels are steadily increasing each quarter, with our largest ever harvest for a quarter in December last year at 19.9 tonnes. We are currently seeding our reefs with some 1/2million or so juvenile abalone to take advantage of the optimal growth period over winter. Plenty of work on here as we meet the international demand for our premium product,” added Mr. Adams.