Clean Seas set for 4,000-tonne kingfish expansion

2 June 2021, at 10:14am

Clean Seas, which produces yellowtail kingfish in South Australia, is set to expand production, following a decision by Whyalla Council.

This week the council granted the firm access to Point Lowly Marina – a decision which will enable them to support the establishment of a 4,245 tonne-capacity fish farm in Fitzgerald Bay, in the northern Spencer Gulf, under existing leases granted by the State Government of South Australia.

Clean Seas is currently the largest farmer of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) outside Japan. It has a hatchery at Arno Bay and its existing fish farms are at Port Lincoln, both on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. The new site, which is due to be stocked with kingfish in September, “will deliver a significant increase” in the company’s production capacity.

The decision paves the way for Clean Seas to become the largest farmer of yellowtail outside of Japan
The decision paves the way for Clean Seas to become the largest farmer of yellowtail outside of Japan

“This is good outcome for the company and the local Whyalla Community. We are now focused on investing in the Fitzgerald Bay Farm and building a high quality, sustainable growth industry that will create regional employment and opportunities, valuable export quality yellowtail kingfish and returns for shareholders,” said Clean Seas managing director, Rob Gratton, in an announcement on the ASX.

The company also noted that it “appreciates the engagement and feedback from the local Whyalla community and looks forward to delivering on the promised jobs, local investment, industry diversification and career pathways that will result from the commencement of farming at Fitzgerald Bay”.

Clean Seas previously farmed in the region, and many locals opposed the plan, according to ABC News – due to fears that waste from the farm could cause nitrogen blooms and impact the area's annual aggregation of giant Australian cuttlefish.

However, under the three-year agreement with the council, the company is required to finance $500,000 worth of upgrades to the marina.

Senior editor at The Fish Site

Rob Fletcher has been writing about aquaculture since 2007, as editor of Fish Farmer, Fish Farming Expert and The Fish Site. He has an MA in history from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in sustainable aquaculture from the University of St Andrews. He currently lives and works in Scotland.

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