New prawn farm beats the rush

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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.

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