Ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for seafood pro­duc­ers

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AS ONE of only a few de­vel­oped coun­tries per­fectly suited to aqua­cul­ture, Aus­tralia has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a “very suc­cess­ful ex­port-ori­en­tated seafood in­dus­try”, ac­cord­ing to a visit­ing global sec­tor ex­pert.

Rabobank’s Nether­lands­based se­nior an­a­lyst Gor­jan Niko­lik – who was re­cently in the coun­try to speak at the Aus­tralian Prawn Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Sym­po­sium – was up­beat about the fu­ture of the Aus­tralian seafood in­dus­try.

“Aus­tralia, with its enor­mous coast­line, vary­ing cli­matic con­di­tions and prox­im­ity to Asia is very well placed to be­come a large seafood ex­porter,” he said.

“How­ever, while the po­ten­tial is def­i­nitely there, a lot of work re­mains to be done in re­gards to ramp­ing up in­fra­struc­ture and mar­ket ac­cess. Cur­rently Aus­tralia is a very small player in the wild catch and aqua­cul­ture mar­ket, con­tribut­ing less than 5% of the world’s seafood ex­ports.

“That said, a num­ber of pro­duc­ers here have large ex­pan­sion projects due to come on­line in the next cou­ple of years and that could def­i­nitely flip the switch for Aus­tralian seafood ex­ports.”

Aus­tralia’s rep­u­ta­tion for strong biose­cu­rity has been a key sell­ing point for the ex­ports.

PHOTO: GREG MILLER

IN­DUS­TRY RE­PORT: Rabobank’s an­a­lysts see a bright fu­ture for Aus­tralian seafood.

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