Carolyn Tesselaar

A change of scenery in 2014, from the outer suburbs of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, to Darwin, has seen Carolyn Tesselaar living the dream in the Northern Territory and pursuing a career in aquaculture.

Carolyn started working for Monsoon Aquatics in June 2015 after applying for a casual job as a coral packer for the domestic and overseas aquarium market. “We supply pet shops throughout Australia, and mainly import distributors overseas that buy for multiple pet stores in countries that include the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and Italy,” Carolyn said.

“I come from a horticulture background, so the aquaculture field was a pretty good fit with my previous experience.

“After six months as a causal employee, I embarked on an apprenticeship with Monsoon Aquatics and I hope to complete my Certificate I and II in aquaculture within a year. “The practical side of the job really suits me, but what I really like about it is that I can promote the environmentally sustainable collection of coral for aquarium hobbyists.

“The Northern Territory is a treasure trove of quality corals and if we collect them with environmentally sustainable principles in mind, then we can encourage more and more people to have an aquarium.

“I also like the fact that my workplace has pretty much a 50-50 split between men and women.

“The best way I can promote more women in the workplace is to speak positively and enthusiastically about my role at Monsoon Aquatics – something I find easy to do because I