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$7m Aquaculture boom for Geraldton

The McGowan Government has contributed $7 million for the construction and operation of a Geraldton finfish nursery and the Midwest Aquaculture Development Zone.

Geraldton might not necessarily be the place you associate fish farming with, however the aquaculture industry is set for a major boon with the news.

Proccesses have been expedited for the design, fit-out and construction of the state-of-the-art Geraldton Marine Finfish Nursery.

These processes will help facilitate the supply of juvenile yellowtail kingfish to commercial aquaculture companies, a pre-requisite for commercial scale farming.

Tasmanian fish farmer Huon Aquaculture has also signalled readiness for move to WA in wake of the news that will see 20 construction jobs created and is expected to create hundreds of jobs when it opens its doors.

The nursery is now expected to open in September 2021.

Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley signalled the importance of the nursery as part of the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Accelerating completion of the Marine Finfish Nursery at Geraldton is another economic stimulus designed to create jobs and aid WA’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Tinley said.

“Fast-tracking this state-of-the-art development will bring forward construction and that is what WA needs right now to help boost economic recovery.”

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