The new Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone in Western Australia. (Image: Western Australian Government Ministry)
Huon obtains yellowtail kingfish farming licence in Western Australia
Friday, October 12, 2018, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
Huon Aquaculture Group Limited has managed to successfully secure a licence to operate a yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) aquaculture farm at a new farming zone off the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, around 60 kilometres west of Geraldton in Western Australia.
The firm pointed out that the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone is fish farm-ready following extensive environmental monitoring at the site and the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement by the Western Australian Government.
“Having visited the Mid-West region several times already this year, the benefits of growing aquaculture in this area is becoming more apparent. Aquaculture gives this region an added point of difference which will create jobs and boost the local economy,” stressed Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan, Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.
Huon expressed its intention to undertake additional detailed monitoring of weather and tide conditions across the 2200Ha site before committing the capital required to move to the commercialisation stage. Operations will commence once supporting infrastructure has been developed, and pending an Environment Protection and Biosecurity Conservation (EPBC) self-referral.
“Today’s announcement is a culmination of hard work over the past 18 months. The Premier and I have hosted industry consortiums, invested in fish health services, funded applied research projects and visited Huon to increase awareness of the opportunities in WA,” pointed out Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly.
Huon has recently successfully completed the first phase of a five-year yellowtail kingfish trial in the Port Stephen’s area off the north coast of New South Wales, which is managed in conjunction with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
The Company sees the New South Wales and Western Australian Yellowtail Kingfish operations complementing each other, benefiting from shared best practice and the opportunity to service strong demand from both the domestic and lucrative Asian markets.
The The Western Australian Government Ministry is helping grow the WA aquaculture industry through government-run hatchery facilities for marine finfish at Fremantle, and the newly established Albany Shellfish Hatchery to support shellfish farming.
The Fremantle hatchery will supply juvenile kingfish stock to Huon’s fish farm in the Mid-West zone where the fish will be grown to maturity.
The decision to grant the licence to Huon Aquaculture is now subject to an advertised 28-day review period and the Minister for Environment declaring a ‘Derived Proposal’.