The iconic Great Goolwa Cockle Challenge is back this weekend, giving locals and guests a chance to learn more about the species while doing the cockle shuffle and having a tasting.
The free community day will be officially opened by Mayor Keith Parkes at 9am on Saturday, January 6 at Goolwa Beach, but registrations will be open from 8am.
Throughout the day, activities will include talks on fishing regulations, ecology of cockles, commercial fishing, local shorebirds, cockle cooking demonstrations and tastings by local master cockle chef Olaf and a free sausage sizzle.
With hot weather forecast for the day, the program will finish with the judging of a cockle themed sand castle competition at 1pm.
Participants can win a prize if they catch one of the uniquely tagged cockles including drink holders, balls and boogie boards and also go into a draw to win one of the big prizes from event sponsors South Coast Marine, Fishing SA Magazine, and Waves’ Edge accommodation at Goolwa Beach.
The event is organised and run by local non-for- profit organisation Aquasave – Nature Glenelg Trust, with support from Alexandrina Council, Fishcare, Birdlife Australia and Goolwa PiPiCo, and aims to promote this iconic species by engaging the community as citizen scientists to find tagged cockles and learn more about the ecology and management of this species.