Watermans Bay Fish Health Facility To Be Established

Watermans Bay Fish Health Facility To Be Established

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

New State-Of-The-Art Fish Health Labs To Support Aquaculture Growth

Victor P Taffa

  • $1 Million election commitment to establish a fish health facility at Watermans Bay delivered
  • Quarantine-approved facility will help WA’s emerging aquaculture industry
  • A welcomed boost in aquaculture represents more job opportunities

McGowan Government is furthering its commitment to expand Western Australia’s aquaculture industry, by establishing new high-standard fish health laboratories within the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at Watermans Bay.

“Western Australia’s environmental credentials give us great opportunities to develop high-quality aquaculture products, such as shellfish and marine finfish, for export and it will be vital to support our fast-developing industry with a state-of-the-art fish health facility.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“McGowan Government’s $1 Million election commitment delivers cutting-edge fish health and research services to underpin the aquaculture industry’s quality control regimes.”

Boosting the capacity for research and investigation, the facility will support the State’s fast-growing aquaculture sector and ensure we can respond to issues that may affect biosecurity and aquatic animal health in fish farm operations.

When commissioned, 6 new laboratories will be available to meet the growing demands in aquatic animal health and researchers will also have access to existing wet laboratories at Watermans Bay, where fish and shellfish can be studied.

“As the aquaculture industry grows, there is likely to be an increasing demand in regional areas for specialist veterinarians and pathology services to support fish farm operators.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.


WA Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly








“Strong working relationships between industry and Government are providing a solid platform for achieving economic growth, job creation and delivering on election commitments.”

Fish health laboratory team will develop applied research projects, in line with industry needs and in collaboration with the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia.