Australia Sustainable Food, Environment, & Social Systems 2017

Blog site for the 2017 MSU study abroad program.

June 5th Our Last Day in Sydney

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           Today we started our last day in Sydney off early at they Sydney Fish Market. We got a tour of a live auction selling thousands of species to retailers, whole salers, and small businesses. Throughout the market we got to see and learn about many weird unknown fish from all over Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. By running three Dutch auctions at once with impressive technology, the market sells massive quantities fast, meaning less food waste and fresher fish for buyers. In order to protect their business the quality control team at the fish market and the fisherman watch closely at fish populations and regulations around where, when, how, what size, and how many fish can be caught to ensure healthy sustainable populations. A portion of every sale goes to further research and ocean conservation.         After the market, we all had some free time where people took surf lessons, visited Bondi Beach, did the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, bought souvenirs, and explored more of the city. Since we board the flight home early tomorrow morning, at the end of the day we all met up for a delicious group dinner on Darling Harbor to celebrate the end of an amazing trip through Australia!

        

Kate Wigent and Chris Merchant 

Madi Heath with our tour guide and a 5kg King Crab at the Sydney Fish Market 

Group Photo after our delicious dinner in front of the Vivid light show at Darling Harbour 

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