Mid-West Aquaculture Industry Boosted By Injection Of $7 Million

Mid-West Aquaculture Industry Boosted By Injection Of $7 Million

Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

$7 Million To Boost Growth Of Mid-West Aquaculture Industry

Victor P Taffa

  • $7 Million commitment to build and operate a state-of-the-art marine finfish nursery in Geraldton
  • Project set to support thousands of direct and indirect regional jobs
  • McGowan Government exceeds election commitment

McGowan Government is injecting $7 Million over the next 3 years to help fast-track the growth of the Mid-West aquaculture industry and create thousands of regional jobs in Western Australia.

“Aquaculture is an exciting emerging industry that offers great potential for creating jobs and increasing economic development in regional Western Australia.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

 

“McGowan Government is committed to the growth and development of the State’s aquaculture industries which are currently contributing $21 Million to the Western Australian economy.”

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will oversee the construction of a state-of-the-art marine finfish nursery facility at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute in Geraldton to breed yellowtail kingfish.

Juvenile kingfish will be supplied to existing and new commercial operators within Mid-West Aquaculture Development Zone to grow in open water farms using sea cages.

Project builds on the McGowan Government’s election commitment to examine options for establishing a fish nursery in Geraldton.

This initiative will help kick-start the industry to achieve its growth potential, create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and attract future capital investment.

DPIRD will further support the development of the State’s aquaculture industry with ongoing research for nutrition, health and disease resistance for yellowtail kingfish.

Since March 2017, the McGowan Government has been working to grow the Western Australian aquaculture industry. This includes investing $1 Million into a state-of-the-art aquatic animal health lab; opening the Albany Shellfish Hatchery; and granting Australian seafood giant Huon, a 2,200-ha lease in the Mid-West Aquaculture Development Zone.