New prawn farm beats the rush
THE most northern prawn farm in Australia has officially opened its $2.6 million expansion just in time for the Christmas rush.
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture’s farm, 10km north of Port Douglas, has grown from 30 hectares to 50ha with ponds stocking their award-winning black tiger prawns, and the occasional croc.
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture general manager Alistair Dick said the farm was a positive addition to the regional economy.
“If everything goes to plan we will be building a processing plant and hatchery in the Douglas Shire and there will be employment prospects for the local community,” he said. “It’s not the end.”
Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the aquaculture industry is going from strength to strength. GCMA supplies to major retailers like Coles, IGA and Costco.