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Apr 18, 2016

Registrations opened this week for the inaugural Aquaculture Western Australia State Forum which will be held in Perth on Thursday, 26 May 2016.

The Forum is a collaboration between eight Regional Development Commissions, each of which identified aquaculture as a transformational economic growth opportunity in their respective Regional Investment Blueprints released over the last 12 months.

This follows the State Government’s landmark Statement of Commitment released in August 2015 to develop aquaculture in Western Australia.

Hosted with support from the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia and the Department of Fisheries, Forum attendees will learn from the experiences of existing commercial operators and investigate opportunities for the industry’s development in Western Australia.

The event will conclude with a workshop that will inform an industry development strategy and identify priority areas for investment.

Chief Executive Officer of the Mid West Development Commission Gavin Treasure said a state-wide strategic approach to aquaculture development was a smart move in a competitive market.

“The Forum is a great example of the Regional Development Portfolio working in partnership with industry to maximise economic outcomes for regional WA,” Mr Treasure said.

“To be competitive in the global market and provide the best return on investment we need to work together to make strategic investment decisions.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Pilbara Development Commission Terry Hill said aquaculture offered an important economic diversification opportunity that would bring new skills, jobs and investment to the regions.

“With its pristine environment, disease-free status and research expertise, Western Australia is well-placed to develop a sector that can supply a major share of high-value seafood and other products to world markets,” Mr Hill said.

“The Pilbara boasts extensive coastline and expansive undeveloped land that places us in a strong position to establish an aquaculture industry.

“The Commission recently completed a priority site selection study for algae development and is working with the Department of Fisheries to investigate species and production systems most suitable for the Pilbara. We’re also conducting economic studies on the potential for edible oysters and finfish production.

“This research will refine the Pilbara’s focus areas within aquaculture and will help define our role in the state-wide development of the industry.”

The State Aquaculture Forum is presented by Western Australia’s Regional Development Commissions, in partnership with the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia and the Department of Fisheries.

Tickets are available to purchase online. For more information visit the Pilbara Development Commission website www.pdc.wa.gov.au or contact the Commission on 08 9185 0600 or pdc@pdc.wa.gov.au

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