Aqua­cul­ture fa­cil­ity poised for wave of de­mand

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AQUA­CUL­TURE in Queens­land con­tin­ues to thrive, with the ex­pan­sion of the Gold Coast Ma­rine Aqua­cul­ture fa­cil­ity at Moss­man.

Of­fi­cially open­ing the new fa­cil­ity on be­half of Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try Devel­op­ment and Fish­eries, Mark Furner, said the global aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try was val­ued in the hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars, and Queens­land was well placed to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer.

“Overseas, aqua­cul­ture is rapidly over­tak­ing the wild caught fish­ery in value,” Mr Furner said.

“In Queens­land the in­dus­try is val­ued at $120 mil­lion, with the pro­duc­tion of prawns mak­ing up the lion’s share of this fig­ure.”

Mr Furner said Gold Coast Ma­rine Aqua­cul­ture is ex­pand­ing its lo­cal op­er­a­tions to tar­get these op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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