8 June 2014
The National Aquaculture Statement was launched today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, at the World Aquaculture conference in Adelaide.
"The National Aquaculture Statement demonstrates commitment from the Australian Government along with state and territory governments and industry, for the growth of an efficient, innovative and sustainable domestic aquaculture industry," Senator Colbeck said.
"I would like to acknowledge state and territory governments for their active engagement in this process."
"Australian aquaculture is open for business and this is an invitation to join us as we continue to supply high quality, sustainably sourced seafood now and into the future."
"The way forward is to make sure we continue to work together to provide an effective and efficient regulatory environment that supports industry growth, encourages investment, maintains performance and manages biosecurity risk."
Senator Colbeck said the Coalition recognised the significant contribution Australia's aquaculture industry makes to the economy and to regional development.
"This statement is the first step in fulfilling the Coalition's commitment to work with industry to develop a national aquaculture strategy," Senator Colbeck said.
"We have also committed $5 million for a review into invasive marine species with a view to remove or eradicate these pests."
The Department of Agriculture will examine the existing marine pest biosecurity arrangements, assess the cost effectiveness of preventing and eradicating marine pests and seek expert recommendations to improve the current monitoring framework.
Acopy of the National Aquaculture Statement is available on the Department of Agriculture website - www.daff.gov.au/fisheries/aquaculture/national-aquaculture-statement