Investing in future of Tasmanian aquaculture

19 September, 2014

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, welcomed an announcement that tenders are being called to build the $6 million Experimental Aquaculture Facility in Tasmania.

The Australian Government contributed $2.75 million to the construction of the world leading aquaculture research facility to ensure Tasmania's aquaculture industry remains at the leading edge.

The project is a collaboration between industry and the tertiary sector and funding has been committed by Huon Aquaculture, Skretting, the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Government and the Seafood CRC.

"Our fisheries management is among the best in the world and Tasmania's aquaculture industry is highly regarded both internationally and domestically," Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said the facility would allow for specialised research and innovation to support growth and sustainability of aquaculture in the Tasmanian salmon and oyster sectors.

"The aquaculture industry makes a significant contribution to Tasmania and is an important provider of employment in the state," he said.

"The Tasmanian aquaculture industry was worth $537 million in 2011-12 and contributed 92 per cent of the state's fisheries production."

"Salmonoids are Tasmania's largest aquaculture species group and the value and volume of salmonoids production both increased in 2011-12."

The Experimental Aquaculture Facility will be built at the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) campus at Taroona.

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