Mission for Qld to be aquaculture capital
AGRICULTURAL Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner has laid bare his ambitions to make Queensland the aquaculture capital of the world.
Mr Furner used a visit to the JCU aquaculture research lab to begin his campaign to entice further aquaculture investment.
“Queensland stands at the foot of a mountain of potential growth in the aquaculture industry,” Mr Furner said.
“We have never been better placed to capitalise on the decades of world-class research by the Department of Fisheries and institutions like JCU.
“And with markets in Asia hungry for high-quality Australian seafood products, now is the time to strike.”
In 2013, for the first time, global aquaculture production exceeded that of beef and this trend in global growth is continuing.
Mr Furner said since he became Agriculture Minister in December last year, the untapped potential for seafood enterprises to energise regional communities had stood out.
“I met a farmer south of Mackay who took out two fields of cane and replaced it with a dam full of barramundi and was sending tonnes of fish to the Sydney Markets every month,” he said.
EXPANSION: Minister Mark Furner has a goal to see Queensland’s aquaculture boom.