WA State Government declares development zone for large-scale fish farms

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The Government of Western Australia has announced a new aquaculture zone off the northern coast of Western Australia, which is set to support the production of 20,000 tonnes of fish.

WA State Government declares development zone for large-scale fish farms
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According to the media statement by Fisheries Minister the Hon Ken Baston, the new 2,000 hectares Kimberley Aquaculture Development Zone is located near Broome.

The State Government has invested $1.85million into developing the zone at Cone Bay and a second off the Mid-West coast.

“By starting a fish farm in a declared zone, operators do not need to spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars on environmental approvals and consultation, because these approvals have already been done by the State Government,” the Minister said.

Mr Baston pointed out that results of comprehensive studies have confirmed that the zone has the capacity to support 20,000 tonnes of finfish ”without significant environmental impact.”

The zone is considered an “economic boost” for Western Australia and is set to attract investment and generate numerous jobs.