Finfish aquaculture in the Mid West of Western Australia has the potential to create significant new employment opportunities for the region. Aquaculture is Australia’s fastest growing meat-producing primary industry, and the Mid West could play a leading role in the development of this industry.
With the rapid declines in wild-capture fisheries globally, aquaculture is increasingly seen as the only viable option for ensuring a sustainable supply of seafood and ornamental fish.
This project aimed to develop critical finfish aquaculture research and development capacity in Geraldton, Western Australia. The project supported the establishment of improved facilities to undertake research and development on marine finfish aquaculture.
The marine finfish research and development centre provides research and demonstration capacity aimed at supporting and maximising the sustainability of the local industry, and attracting students (including postgraduate students) and scientific researchers to the Mid West.
The Batavia Coast Maritime Institute currently operates a multi-species marine aquaculture hatchery facility, and works on a range of marine foodfish species including Cobia, Yellowtail Kingfish, Mulloway and Pink Snapper, as well as, a wide range of marine ornamental fish and shrimp species. The hatchery includes live feed and microalgae production facilities.
FT - Full time
PT - Part time
FLX - Flexible
RPL - Recognition of prior learning
ONL - Online
OPL - Open learning
PRE - Preapprenticeship
APP - Apprenticeship
TRN - Traineeship
WPA - Workplace assessment