Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Aquaculture industry to benefit from appointment

    14/07/2005 12:00 AM

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford today announced the reappointment of Dexter Davies as chairman of the Aquaculture Development Council.

    The Minister said Mr Davies had agreed to continue in the job until the end of 2007, playing a leading role in key aquaculture development projects in Western Australia.

    “A former member of the Legislative Council, Mr Davies has a wealth of experience and I have every confidence in the eight-member council to deliver good results for the aquaculture sector,” Mr Ford said.

    “His reappointment helps ensure continuity as the council seeks to implement the recommendations of the Aquaculture Review.”

    Mr Davies has a strong background, both as a chairman of Government committees and as a consultant in the private sector.

    The Aquaculture Development Council was established in 1994 to advise the Fisheries Minister and now administers a $600,000 fund that is designed to attract expertise to the local industry.

    Mr Ford said he was pleased with the current membership and workings of the committee, with its mix of corporate, fishing and investment banking expertise.

    “These are experienced people who will help drive economic development,” he said.

    “Aquaculture has the potential to make a significant social and economic contribution to rural areas in WA, in particular the top half of the State.”

    The Minister said the Gallop Government was providing new jobs and opportunities for all Western Australians.

    Major species under commercial aquaculture production in WA include pearls, mussels, barramundi, abalone, silver perch, marron and yabbies.

    Minister’s office: 9425 4200