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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Thursday 3 August 2017

Aquaculture consortium to grow WA job opportunities

  • ​Premier hosts fifth of a series of Industry Engagement Consortiums to strengthen working relationships between industry and government to create jobs
  • Aquaculture provides the strongest opportunity to boost employment in WA's seafood industry

Premier Mark McGowan and Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly will join home-grown and national stakeholders today for the latest of the McGowan Government's Industry Engagement Consortiums.
The Aquaculture Industry Engagement Consortium will focus on how local aquaculture operations can take advantage of the rising global demand for quality seafood products.
The consortiums enable industry stakeholders to provide important feedback on the McGowan Government's key election commitments, and outcomes will feed into future decision-making.
Western Australia's aquaculture industry has the potential to create and support up to 8,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next 10 years.
That is why the McGowan Government is investing in the sector, recently announcing $1 million for the fish health laboratories facility at Watermans Bay and establishing the Mid-West aquaculture zone.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The McGowan Government is committed to creating new jobs in a diverse range of industries.
"There is huge potential to create new jobs for Western Australians in aquaculture. Industries like these are an important part of our plans to diversify the economy and get our State back on track."
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"There is a great opportunity in WA's aquaculture industry to create jobs and grow the local economy.
"Since 2007, the estimated value of our local aquaculture industry almost doubled to $12.4 million in 2013-14 (excluding pearling).
"Today's industry consortium will help us establish effective working relationships between industry and government to help us grow aquaculture jobs and opportunities in WA."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100

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