Aus­tralia to dou­ble aqua­cul­ture value

Fish Farmer - - World News -

AUS­TRALIA has launched a new fed­eral wide aqua­cul­ture strat­egy in which it plans to dou­ble its value.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Sen­a­tor Anne Rus­ton, the coun­try’s as­sis­tant min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture, at the re­cent 2017 Seafood Di­rec­tions Con­fer­ence in Syd­ney.

She set a tar­get of cre­at­ing an in­dus­try worth at least $2 bil­lion within the next 10 years, adding that growth should fol­low a sus­tain­able path­way pro­vid­ing safe, clean and green Aus­tralian seafood.

‘World seafood de­mand is con­tin­u­ing to grow and with wild catch fish­ery pro­duc­tion reach­ing a plateau, we need the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try to fill the gap.

‘Aus­tralia’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try has an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing high qual­ity and sus­tain­ably sourced seafood.

‘This strat­egy has iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity ar­eas for the Aus­tralian, state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try to par­lay the aqua­cul­ture’s rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity into fu­ture growth with the aim of dou­bling the value of the in­dus­try by 2027.’

Aus­tralian aqua­cul­ture, the min­is­ter con­tended, was well placed to take ad­van­tage of grow­ing world de­mand, with an abun­dance of space, clean wa­ter, a sta­ble in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment and high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

‘We want to em­power in­dus­try to har­ness the op­por­tu­ni­ties of in­creas­ing world seafood de­mand, and to sup­port our com­mit­ment to de­velop a more com­pet­i­tive and sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture sec­tor.

‘Through this strat­egy we will cre­ate more jobs and more high qual­ity seafood for home con­sump­tion and for ex­port to help feed a grow­ing global pop­u­la­tion.’

She con­cluded: ‘The strat­egy has been de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with key aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of state and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments.’

The two-day con­fer­ence saw more than 350 del­e­gates ex­plore con­cepts around the theme ‘Sea the Fu­ture’. It also dis­cussed new tech­nol­ogy, re­search and ideas.

Above: Fresh seafood-salmon, lob­sters and Aus­tralian mus­sels

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