Croc farmer's push to harvest and sell wild eggs
THE crocodile population is increasing, but one local farmer has a plan that will not only manage the situation but use it to create jobs.
For three decades, John Lever of Koorana Crocodile Farm has been pushing for the State Government to allow wild crocodile eggs to be harvested, like they do in the Northern Territory.
"If the legislation changes and you're allowed to harvest the eggs from your property and sell them, then you've got an income from a potentially dangerous, unloved animal," he said.
In some areas up to 90% of crocodile nests can be destroyed, mainly as a result of flooding but also due to predators.
John said by allowing groups to harvest a quota of wild eggs and on-sell them to crocodile farms it would create new business and job opportunities.
Collecting wild eggs would be more economical for farms than captive breeding programs, and John said it would help them keep up with the demand for crocodile skin.
Each nest can be worth $1000.
He would look to develop an alliance with northern landholders and Aboriginal communities who could benefit financially from the sale of these eggs.