Scientific research to reignite aquaculture industry

Thursday, 17 June, 2021

Scientific research to reignite aquaculture industry

The commercial potential of Australia’s aquaculture industry will be discussed at an upcoming public hearing by the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee.

The hearing is part of the Committee’s inquiry into the sector after its annual worth plateaued at just over $1 billion in recent years after previous sustained growth. The inquiry will seek to uncover any potential innovations in science to reignite the industry.

The Committee will speak to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) today, 17 June. Witnesses will appear via videoconference.

Committee Chair Rick Wilson noted that both organisations are engaged in pioneering research which aims to boost the overall efficiency, sustainability and profitability of domestic aquaculture enterprises.

“CSIRO research into marine microbes led to the development of a natural supplement which has helped Australian farmers to rear bigger, healthier prawns. Similarly, ANSTO has used nuclear techniques to maximise seafood growth by identifying optimal feed ingredients and percentages,” Wilson said.

“The Committee looks forward to discussing these and other emerging scientific innovations, as well as their potential commercial applications in the expansion of the aquaculture sector.”

For further information, visit the inquiry website.

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