Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Aquaculture forum outlines growth strategy

    27/07/2016 2:35 PM
    • Aquaculture WA State Forum Proceedings and Outcomes Report released
    • Six focus areas identified in a proposed 10-year plan to grow the industry in WA
    • Aquaculture industry calls for an industry-led advisory group 

    A report on Western Australia's first Aquaculture WA State Forum has identified six key areas as the foundation of a proposed 10-year plan to develop a vibrant aquaculture industry in WA.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a co-ordinated regional development approach was highlighted as an immediate priority and called for shared resources and focus across regions and State Government departments.


    "The collaboration to deliver the inaugural aquaculture forum - led by the regional development commissions, the Department of Fisheries and the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia - is a great example of the success of this approach," Mr Redman said.


    "The State's regions share many of the hurdles that must be overcome to realise the industry's potential.  Sharing research, knowledge and resources will place regional WA in a strong position to develop a globally competitive and sustainable aquaculture sector."


    Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the key focus areas identified included red tape reduction, research and development, identifying new aquaculture zones and promoting the industry's investment potential.   


    "Aquaculture is a developing industry in WA and has the potential to play a major role in creating new jobs and driving economic growth.  However, we must develop the sector in a strategic and focused way in strong collaboration with industry," Mr Francis said.


    At the forum, the aquaculture industry also called for an industry-led advisory group to be established to take ownership of the industry's expansion and growth over the next 10 years.


    Fact File

    • Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in Australia
    • Eight out of WA's nine regional development commissions' Regional Investment Blueprints have identified aquaculture as a major opportunity for future growth
    • In 2012-13, about 66% of seafood eaten in Australia was imported
    • The Proceedings and Outcomes Report is available at http://www.pdc.wa.gov.au 

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500


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