The State Government is negotiating a joint venture project which would tackle a serious environmental problem and create a new industry for the Peel region.
Speaking during a visit to the region at the invitation of Murray MLA Keith Read, Training Minister Kay Hallahan said approvals were being sought from a range of authorities to set up a Peel Seaweed Research project.
"If all approvals are achieved, the research would be conducted over two years to establish the commercial viability of a seaweed industry which could attract valuable export dollars for the region," she said.
"Ultimately, the project has the potential to create employment, provide a natural food source and assist in stripping nutrients from the Peel/Harvey estuary."
Mrs Hallahan said while tests were still being conducted and approvals sought she was optimistic about the potential of the project.
"Such a project would also mean the establishment of a new skills training program so that local people could be equipped with the necessary skills to take up the employment opportunities."