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Feb 15, 2017

Experts in aquaculture and industry development will be in Karratha next month to discuss the opportunity for edible oyster farming off the Pilbara’s extensive coastline.

A study commissioned by the Pilbara Development Commission last year identified a number of prospective sites that present the right environmental conditions located next to key infrastructure, making them potentially suitable for aquaculture development.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said aquaculture was a major transformational opportunity for the region, and was a priority development pillar of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint.

“The time is right to expand and diversify the Pilbara’s economy. Farming oysters, fish and other marine species is a sustainable industry that would provide new employment and investment opportunities in the region,” Mr Hill said.

“There is burgeoning demand across the world for fresh high quality seafood, particularly in Asia, and there’s great potential for the Pilbara to seize this opportunity.

“The Commission’s role in supporting aquaculture development is to fill knowledge gaps, promote the Pilbara’s aquaculture potential, bring investors together and assist proponents to navigate governance frameworks.”

Experts travelling to the region, including pre-eminent oyster researcher Wayne O’Connor from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, and John Collison a former oyster farmer with 30 years’ experience, will tour potential development sites on the Burrup Peninsula before presenting at a stakeholder information session.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of aquaculture, including businesses, government, aboriginal corporations and regional development organisations, to attend this free session,” Mr Hill said.

Other speakers include Garry Seidl from oyster equipment manufacturer Hexcyl Systems, David Greatwich from Swanson Reed R&D Tax Experts, and Justin Fromm from the Pilbara Development Commission.

The Investor and Stakeholder Information Session will be held from 5 – 8.30pm on Thursday 16 March 2017 at the ibis Styles Hotel in Karratha. The event is free to attend, however registration is essential through Eventbrite.

Click here for more information about aquaculture in the Pilbara.

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