Tasmania welcomes rock lobster hatchery Development Application

The proposed construction of the world’s first commercial rock lobster hatchery at the IMAS research laboratory in Taroona would put Tasmania at the cutting edge of aquaculture.

Information source: press release / Ministry for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Water of Tasmania

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Water, Shane Broad, has welcomed the submission of a Development Application for the project, saying if approved, it will provide ongoing research and commercial benefits for the state.

“IMAS scientists in Tasmania have already led the world in research to enable rock lobster aquaculture on a commercial scale,” Mr Broad said.

“Now, through this partnership between the University of Tasmania and Ornatas, we are on the cusp of establishing a new commercial industry for sustainable rock lobster production.

“If the project is approved, it will drive regional jobs growth and provide a boost to the economy.

“This is a tribute to the innovation and ingenuity of our scientists and their breakthrough research.

“Another pleasing aspect of this project is the community involvement that’s taken place to address residents’ concerns about public access to part of Taroona’s bushland coastal reserve at the IMAS site.

“The gifting of the forested area to the Kingborough Council, to be managed as part of the Taroona Foreshore Park, demonstrates the value of effective community engagement and consultation.

“This collaboration between researchers and industry shows what can be achieved to support the Tasmanian industry and growth.

“I look forward to seeing this project move forward, for the good of the aquaculture industry, and Tasmania.”

Shane Broad MP


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