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> PEARLING, Anyone done this before????? Anyone?
katieandphill
post Apr 9 2008, 10:22 AM
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Does anybody have any experience of Pearling?

We are heading to Darwin and Broome in June and we think we would working on a pearling farm.

I have read about it on the internet and in books but I've yet to find anyone who's done this type of work.

If you have experience of this, would you please give me a day to day break down of what I can expect? Is it easy to find this work? Is it enjoyable? etc....

We would really appreciate some advice and guidance from someone who has first hand experience.

Thanks

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post Apr 9 2008, 05:49 PM
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What is pearling exactly?


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post Apr 10 2008, 04:27 AM
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I imagine going out on a boat for a couple of weeks collecting pearls. Big business in WA. I think the best thing you can do is visit a couple of the recruitment agencies in town when you get to Broome.

When I was in Darwin I managed to get a job tree pruning in the Tiwi Islands through one of the recruitment agencies. Free accommodation, good food and loads of cash as it was the middle of nowhere and nothing to spend it on smile.gif Sadly it only lasted a week!

I think you just have to be in the right place at the right time. There is big money to be made in Aus if you are prepared to work in out-of-the-way places doing jobs no one else wants to do!


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post Apr 10 2008, 04:29 AM
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What is pearling?
Pearling is the farming of oysters for pearls and associated products. The heart of the Australian pearling industry is in Broome, north of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, but there is also work available in the industry in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Where can you find pearling work in Australia?
Western Australia
Broome, Western Australian is a favourite destination for backpackers looking for pearling work. It is a top tourist destination and has superb weather around the peak harvest time - around 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 18 degrees Celsius at night. It also produces some of the best pearls in the world.

Queensland
Currently there are less than fifteen pearl culture leases operating in Queensland waters. Spat hatcheries produce shells for pearl farming have also been established in three Queensland locations: Albany Island, Turtle Head, and Fitzroy Island.

Northern Territory
Pearl culture operations in the Northern Territory are centred on the Coburg Peninsula to the north-west of Darwin. Pearl cultivation also occurs in Darwin and Bynoe Harbours.

When and how can you find pearling work in Australia?
Casual work can be picked up all year round but the busiest season is the harvest season from April/May through to September/October when most places double their amount of staff (most of which are backpackers).

The biggest WA pearl cultivator is Paspaley Pearls.

You can generally pick up work quite easily as there are constantly workers coming and going. Look up companies in the local directories and put your resume in.

Find your ideal Pearling job in Australia by applying for jobs Apply for Jobs.
What is pearling like?
The work is not suited to everyone. You'll need to like the sea and early mornings! Boats usually leave around 6am and finish at around 4.30pm. The work is physical and can be quite monotonous, dirty and smelly. Many girls work on the farms and can take jobs that are less physically demanding.

With some companies you can work and live on boats, so you may not set foot on land for a couple of weeks. Others sleep on land and work on the boats during the day. Most farms are in sheltered and protected waters so you don't have to worry about getting seasick (but check with the company how far out they go!).

There is a great social aspect to the job as there are a lot of travellers and time off after work can be spent swimming, fishing and socialising. Many travellers who go pearling love the opportunity to see (and fish) some of the incredibly diverse and beautiful Australian marine life. You will get to see sea snakes, turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales and all types of fish.

For more information - Government of Western Australia, Department of Fisheries.

How much can you earn?
The pay ranges from $120 to $145 a day. Different pearling companies have different rates and rosters, so the frequency of work varies. Some work two weeks on then one week off. Others work by the neap tides which is about eight to 11 days on and four to six days off. You can make about $1,000 for ten days.

The best part is you can't spend any money while you're on the boat and you get three good quality meals a day.

+++++++++++++++++++++SOUNDS FAB!!!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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I think that pay rate is a bit low. I made just under $300 on 1 day pruning trees so harvesting pearls must be over $200/day. I only worked 6 days on the Tiwi Islands but picked up over a grand!


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QUOTE(katieandphill @ Apr 10 2008, 04:29 AM) *

What is pearling?
Pearling is the farming of oysters for pearls and associated products. The heart of the Australian pearling industry is in Broome, north of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, but there is also work available in the industry in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Where can you find pearling work in Australia?
Western Australia
Broome, Western Australian is a favourite destination for backpackers looking for pearling work. It is a top tourist destination and has superb weather around the peak harvest time - around 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 18 degrees Celsius at night. It also produces some of the best pearls in the world.

Queensland
Currently there are less than fifteen pearl culture leases operating in Queensland waters. Spat hatcheries produce shells for pearl farming have also been established in three Queensland locations: Albany Island, Turtle Head, and Fitzroy Island.

Northern Territory
Pearl culture operations in the Northern Territory are centred on the Coburg Peninsula to the north-west of Darwin. Pearl cultivation also occurs in Darwin and Bynoe Harbours.

When and how can you find pearling work in Australia?
Casual work can be picked up all year round but the busiest season is the harvest season from April/May through to September/October when most places double their amount of staff (most of which are backpackers).

The biggest WA pearl cultivator is Paspaley Pearls.

You can generally pick up work quite easily as there are constantly workers coming and going. Look up companies in the local directories and put your resume in.

Find your ideal Pearling job in Australia by applying for jobs Apply for Jobs.
What is pearling like?
The work is not suited to everyone. You'll need to like the sea and early mornings! Boats usually leave around 6am and finish at around 4.30pm. The work is physical and can be quite monotonous, dirty and smelly. Many girls work on the farms and can take jobs that are less physically demanding.

With some companies you can work and live on boats, so you may not set foot on land for a couple of weeks. Others sleep on land and work on the boats during the day. Most farms are in sheltered and protected waters so you don't have to worry about getting seasick (but check with the company how far out they go!).

There is a great social aspect to the job as there are a lot of travellers and time off after work can be spent swimming, fishing and socialising. Many travellers who go pearling love the opportunity to see (and fish) some of the incredibly diverse and beautiful Australian marine life. You will get to see sea snakes, turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales and all types of fish.

For more information - Government of Western Australia, Department of Fisheries.

How much can you earn?
The pay ranges from $120 to $145 a day. Different pearling companies have different rates and rosters, so the frequency of work varies. Some work two weeks on then one week off. Others work by the neap tides which is about eight to 11 days on and four to six days off. You can make about $1,000 for ten days.

The best part is you can't spend any money while you're on the boat and you get three good quality meals a day.

+++++++++++++++++++++SOUNDS FAB!!!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++



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post Feb 16 2009, 02:24 AM
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I would imagine for proper pearling you'd need diving qualifications or at the very least, experience on a boat and diving. 'Proper' pearling (where you harvest the pearls from live oysters) is done at quite deep levels now - gone are the days where japanese divers arrived in Broome and harvested just by holding their breath and jumping in.

Pearl HARVESTING though, (like an oyster farm, but you place a piece of sand in the molusc so a pearl starts forming) would, like the article says, involve less open sea and diving jobs, plus might offer a wider variety of potential roles if you don't have specific experience. There are far more pearl farms than wild harvesters in Broome.

Another thing you'd probably need to consider is cost of living - Broome is gorgeous, but it actually comes with a pretty pricy tag, with rentals being some of the most unaffordable in the country.

If you'd like to work and stay in Broome consider hotel work as well - I've met a few people who did that and loved it, plus then your accommodation is paid for as well.


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