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Huon Aquaculture co-founder Frances Bender, DPIRD Aquaculture Research and Development Director Greg Jenkins, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly, Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham, and Premier Mark McGowan feed yellowtail kingfish at our Fremantle hatchery.

Friday 12 October 2018

Green light for Mid West aquaculture jobs

​In a boost for the Western Australian economy and local jobs, the State Government has granted Huon Aquaculture a lease to operate a large yellowtail kingfish aquaculture farm off Geraldton.

The publicly listed Australian aquaculture company has salmon farms in Tasmania and kingfish operations off the New South Wales coast. 

It has now been granted an aquaculture licence and lease for 2,200 hectares in the now fully allocated Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone. 

Within four years, it is estimated investment in the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone will create more than 100 direct jobs, and by 2030 potentially more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The WA aquaculture industry is being supported through government-run hatchery facilities for marine finfish at Fremantle, and the newly established Albany Shellfish Hatchery to support shellfish farming.

The Fremantle hatchery will supply juvenile kingfish stock to Huon’s fish farm in the Mid-West zone where the fish will be grown to maturity.

The decision to grant the licence to Huon Aquaculture is now subject to an advertised 28-day review period and the Minister for Environment declaring a ‘Derived Proposal’.

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