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Open Ocean Bounty Off the Coast of Perth

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - An open ocean aquaculture project is being launched off the coast of Perth. It is hoped that up to 100,000 tonnes of seafood can be produced annually.

Aquaculture Development Council board member Greg Jenkins said the pilot project with 170,000 yellowtail kingfish could pave the way for a bigger industry that would reduce Australia’s dependence on imported fish, writes Kate Tarala for TheWest.

“You could have 100,000 tonnes of fish production coming out of that site,” Mr Jenkins told TheWest. “Not only can we have an export product to bring in revenue to the State, but also to supply fresh fish to locals.”

At 10 nautical miles off the coast, the pilot stage of the farm will involve floating and submersible cages each holding up to 50,000 tonnes of the native yellowtail kingfish, renowned for its firm flesh with high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

the Fish Site Editor

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