- Huon to take up 2,200-hectare site in Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone
- Thousands of direct and indirect jobs anticipated when fish farm is at full capacity
- McGowan Government helping grow WA's newest industry - aquaculture
In a major boost for the Western Australian economy and local jobs, the State Government has granted Huon Aquaculture a lease to operate a large yellowtail kingfish aquaculture farm off Geraldton.
The major publicly listed Australian aquaculture company has salmon farms in Tasmania and kingfish operations off the New South Wales coast.
It has now been granted an aquaculture licence and lease for 2,200 hectares in the now fully allocated Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone.
Within four years, it is estimated investment in the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone will create more than 100 direct jobs, and by 2030 potentially more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The McGowan Government is helping grow the WA aquaculture industry through government-run hatchery facilities for marine finfish at Fremantle, and the newly established Albany Shellfish Hatchery to support shellfish farming.
The Fremantle hatchery will supply juvenile kingfish stock to Huon's fish farm in the Mid-West zone where the fish will be grown to maturity.
The decision to grant the licence to Huon Aquaculture is now subject to an advertised 28-day review period and the Minister for Environment declaring a 'Derived Proposal'.
For more information on WA aquaculture, visit http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/aquaculture
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We have some of the best aquaculture growth opportunities here in Western Australia, something that Huon has recognised with their substantial investment towards a large scale yellowtail kingfish farm.
"The zone's location off the Geraldton coast gives Huon access to infrastructure, support services and freight options that in turn will help create additional indirect jobs.
"Having visited the Mid-West region several times already this year, the benefits of growing aquaculture in this area is becoming more apparent. Aquaculture gives this region an added point of difference which will create jobs and boost the local economy."
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"We made an election commitment to diversify the WA economy and create local jobs. Large scale yellowtail kingfish is a new industry to WA.
"Western Australia currently underperforms in aquaculture making up just one per cent of Australia's production, behind South Australia and Tasmania. In this context, attracting Huon is a genuine game changer for WA.
"There is huge potential for WA to serve the growing demand worldwide for quality aquaculture products, particularly given our reputation for having clean, healthy and sustainable ocean environments.
"Today's announcement is a culmination of hard work over the past 18 months. The Premier and I have hosted industry consortiums, invested in fish health services, funded applied research projects and visited Huon to increase awareness of the opportunities in WA."
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