Work begins on Exmouth prawn quarantine facility
Works have begun on a $1.2m upgrade to Seafarms’ prawn quarantine and founder stock facility in Exmouth which, when complete, will play a critical role for the huge Project Sea Dragon operation being developed across the WA and NT border.
Retrofitting of the mothballed barramundi farm to hold, rear, test and screen wild broodstock for economically important pathogens is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.
Seafarms director Harley Whitcombe said animals established as specific pathogen free in Exmouth would be moved to Project Sea Dragon’s core breeding facilities up north, where they would be used to develop a domesticated breeding population of animals.
“In line with Seafarm’s biosecurity strategy, Exmouth was selected as the location for this facility due to its geographical isolation from all other aquaculture activities including the company’s own hatchery and grow out facilities,” he said.
The Exmouth facility will require an initial full-time staff of three.
An aquaculture technician casts a throw net at the Seafarms operation in Queensland.