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With rapid growth rates, good food conversion percentages and its popularity as a table fish, yellowtail kingfish is an ideal species for aquaculture.

Wednesday 17 April 2019

$7 million Mid West aquaculture boost

The State Government is injecting $7 million over the next three years to help fast-track the growth of the Mid West aquaculture industry and create thousands of regional jobs in Western Australia.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD - Fisheries) will oversee the construction of a state-of-the-art marine finfish nursery facility at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute in Geraldton to breed yellowtail kingfish.

The juvenile kingfish will be supplied to existing and new commercial operators within the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone to grow in open water farms using sea cages.

The aim of the  initiative is to help kick-start the industry to achieve its growth potential, create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and attract future capital investment.

DPIRD (Fisheries) will further support the development of the State’s aquaculture industry with ongoing research for nutrition, health and disease resistance for yellowtail kingfish.

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