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Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman announcing new BioMar feed factory. (Photo: BioMar)

BioMar plans to set up aquafeed facility in Tasmania

  (AUSTRALIA, 12/12/2017)

BioMar Australia is planning to develop a AUD 56 million (USD 42 million) aquafeed production facility in northern Tasmania, which it ensures will boost the local economy and create jobs.

The state-of-the art fish feed innovation and production facilities is intended to produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of aqua feed product to support the aquaculture industry.

Statistics reveal that at present one in every three farmed salmon in Tasmania is fed BioMar fish feed products, which are currently being exported from Scotland.

“We are very grateful for the Tasmania Liberal Government’s commitment of $2.3 million towards this project and the support and of the Office of the Coordinator-General in securing the site in Wesley Vale,” pointed out Paddy Campbell, Managing Director of BioMar UK.

The executive explained that the construction was expected to begin next July, and it is hoped to produce the first pellets in September 2019.

The factory will be built on the site of the former particle board mill which closed in 2012, an area believed to offer outstanding growth potential for salmon and trout production.

Campbell reassured the local community that smell and noise pollution would not be a concern and that the company would strive to source its materials locally.

Meanwhile, Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockcliff said the Government was backing the BioMar Group with a AUD 2.3 million assistance grant.

"It's a great collaboration to bring jobs to the north-west region and an example of a sustainable salmon industry and the jobs that can be created outside the three major companies,” Rockcliff stressed.

 
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