Sea­farms up­grades fa­cil­ity

Pilbara News - - News - Stu­art McKin­non

Sea­farms Group says it has com­pleted a $1.3 mil­lion up­grade of an aqua­cul­ture fa­cil­ity at Ex­mouth as­so­ci­ated with its $1.5 bil­lion prawn grow­ing and ex­port project across Aus­tralia’s north.

Sea­farms will use the for­mer bar­ra­mundi farm as a quar­an­tine and founder stock fa­cil­ity for its black tiger prawns as part of its Project Sea Dragon.

The fa­cil­ity will be used to in­tro­duce, hold, rear, test and screen wild brood­stock an­i­mals for any eco­nom­i­cally im­por­tant pathogens. Three peo­ple are em­ployed at the new Ex­mouth fa­cil­ity.

From there, the ju­ve­niles will be trans­ported to Project Sea Dragon’s pro­posed com­mer­cial growout pro­duc­tion ponds at Le­gune Sta­tion in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory. Sea­farms es­ti­mates Project Sea Dragon will pro­duce 120,000 tonnes of prawns a year for the Asian mar­ket.

Pic­ture: Mati Nitib­hon

The black tiger prawns Sea­farms in­tends to grow and ex­port as part of Project Sea Dragon.

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