Work be­gins on Ex­mouth prawn quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Sea­farms

An aquaculture tech­ni­cian casts a throw net at the Sea­farms op­er­a­tion in Queens­land.

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