Pilbara oysters on expert’s menu
The Pilbara’s untapped edible oyster bounty is to be the focus of a new investment drive by the State Government.
Experts in aquaculture and industry development will be in Karratha next month to discuss the opportunities for oyster farming off the Pilbara coast.
A study commissioned by the Pilbara Development Commission last year identified several sites that presented ideal environmental conditions near key infrastructure for aquaculture development.
PDC chief executive Terry Hill said aquaculture was a transformational opportunity for the region, and was a priority development pillar of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.
“Farming oysters, fish and other marine species is a sustainable industry that would provide new employment and investment opportunities in the region,” he said.
“There is burgeoning demand across the world for fresh high-quality seafood, particularly in Asia, and there is great potential for the Pilbara to seize this opportunity.
“The commission’s role in supporting aquaculture development is to fill knowledge gaps, promote the Pilbara’s aquaculture potential, bring investors together and assist proponents to navigate governance frameworks.”
Experts travelling to the region include eminent oyster researcher Wayne O’Connor from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and former oyster farmer John Collison.
They will tour potential development sites on the Burrup Peninsula before presenting at a stakeholder information session.
Other speakers include Garry Seidl from oyster equipment manufacturer Hexcyl Systems, David Greatwich from Swanson Reed R&D Tax Experts, and Justin Fromm from the Pilbara Development Commission.
The information session will be held from 5pm on Thursday, March 16, at the ibis Styles Hotel.
The Pilbara’s oysters are an untapped resource.