Grant boosts project to develop cherabin

A native Australian freshwater prawn could be seen more on local menus if North Regional TAFE and a small Aboriginal community get their way.

The Broome Aquaculture Centre has linked up with the Ribinyung Dawang Aboriginal Corporation, located at Mud Springs outside of Kununurra, for a $2.5 million project to develop cherabin.

The project recently received a $100,000 grant from the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia to help get it going.

RDAC has recently made moves to restart its fish farm and train community members in aquaculture in preparation for the potential Seafarms $2 billion tiger prawn farm across the border.

North Regional TAFE Broome training manager Jeff Cooper said the project provided a significant opportunity to undertake meaningful research in the development of a new and exciting species. “Cherabin are delicious… they are a unique species for aquaculture,” he said.

“They will be marketable based on what they look like and their association with the local (Kimberley) environment.

“Cherabin aquaculture has worked throughout Asia… we’re hoping to undertake some research by using techniques which have proven to be successful overseas and apply to the species of cherabin we have here.

“We’re hoping to get started as soon as possible and we’ve got a world-class training program we’ve designed for it, the training is going to be a critical component of it.”

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