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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Saturday 29 July 2017

New state-of-the-art fish health labs to support aquaculture growth

  • ​$1 million election commitment to establish a fish health facility at Watermans Bay delivered
  • The quarantine-approved facility will help WA's emerging aquaculture industry
  • A welcomed boost in aquaculture represents more job opportunities

The McGowan Labor Government is furthering its commitment to expand Western Australia's aquaculture industry, by establishing new high-standard fish health laboratories within the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at Watermans Bay.

Boosting the capacity for research and investigation, the facility will support the State's fast-growing aquaculture sector and ensure we can respond to issues that may affect biosecurity and aquatic animal health in fish farm operations.

When commissioned, six new laboratories will be available to meet the growing demands in aquatic animal health and researchers will also have access to existing wet laboratories at Watermans Bay, where fish and shellfish can be studied.

The fish health laboratory team will develop applied research projects, in line with industry needs and in collaboration with the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia. 

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"WA's environmental credentials give us great opportunities to develop high-quality aquaculture products, such as shellfish and marine finfish, for export and it will be vital to support our fast-developing industry with a state-of-the-art fish health facility.

"The McGowan Government's $1 million election commitment delivers cutting-edge fish health and research services to underpin the aquaculture industry's quality control regimes.

"Growing aquaculture is helping to diversify the State's economy and create both direct and indirect opportunities for more jobs."

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

"As the aquaculture industry grows, there is likely to be an increasing demand in regional areas for specialist veterinarians and pathology services to support fish farm operators.

"Strong working relationships between industry and Government are providing a solid platform for achieving economic growth, job creation and delivering on election commitments."

Premier's office - 6552 5000
Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100

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