Barramundi farming plan caged

AUSTRALIA - Concerns are being raised about marine pollution from barramundi sea cage farms proposed for Darwin Harbour and two other sites. </b> <br><br> Farm company Marine Harvest wants to build sea cage farms at Channel Island in Darwin Harbour, Port Patterson near Bynoe Harbour and Snake Bay at Melville Island. <br><br> Australian Marine Conservation Society campaigner Adele Pedder said the proposed 54ha lease area included the area above the heritage-listed wreck of the Ellengowan and area near the Channel Island coral reef. <br><br> &quot;There&#39;s nothing to catch the nutrients and it all goes straight into the sea,&quot; Ms Pedder said. <br><br> &quot;This sea cage fish farm proposed for Darwin Harbour will pump almost as much nitrogen into the harbour as the Larrakeyah raw sewage outfall. <br><br> &quot;It&#39;s likely that fish feed will build up under the cages and it&#39;s immediately adjacent to the heritage-listed coral reefs off Channel Island,&quot; she said. But Marine Harvest general manager Lance Hubbert said nutrient levels would not change significantly. <br><br> <i>Source:</i>

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