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Marlborough pushes aquaculture industry

NEW ZEALAND - Marlborough is rekindling plans to establish itself as a base for aquaculture research and education, with the industry out to boost exports and improve career paths for staff.

The region is a pioneer of the potentially lucrative industry. Aquaculture businesses and educators in Marlborough are leading the new charge after two years of involvement with the Nelson-Marlborough Seafood Cluster apparently stagnated.

That cluster was established with Government grants in 2003 to make the top of the South Island an international leader in seafood education, training, research, and intellectual innovation.

Nelson had since received funding to build a Seafood Centre of Excellence, but various issues had delayed construction of the facility which was now not expected to be completed until next year.

Source: NewZealandHerald