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AUD 4.8m Moruya shellfish hatchery soon underway
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 20:00 (GMT + 9)
Detailed design work for Moruya's shellfish hatchery will soon be underway.
To be located on land at the Moruya Airport, the Eurobodalla Shire Council announced the deal with Sea Perfect (NSW) Pty Ltd that will see the experienced shellfish supplier design, build and operate the AUD 4.8 million facility.
The hatchery will supply shellfish spat to local estuaries and other farmers in New South Wales and further afield, primarily Sydney rock oysters but also Pacific oysters and mussels.
The hatchery also has potential as a training and research facility, export packing centre, and 'farm gate' shopfront for visitors.
Building the state-of-the-art hatchery will include AUD 2.3M in funds from the Australian Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program.
Flat oyster seed. Photo: SeaPerfect Ltd.►
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said it was a complex project in a complex industry.
"Now we're on track to see the facility built and operating" she said.
"It will be brilliant for local growers with real potential to see Moruya and Eurobodalla become a significant supplier of shellfish spat."
Sea Perfect managing director Ian Duthie said the NSW South Coast had a strong reputation for producing excellent shellfish.
"It's an exciting venture and we're looking forward to helping ensure local producers have the quality seed needed to grow and develop their businesses, getting more oysters and mussels onto the plates of shellfish lovers," Mr Duthie said.
The council applied for the funding in 2017 after local growers identified sourcing reliable, quality shellfish spat as a major challenge for the region's shellfish industry.