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Proposed Zoning Changes to Boost Aquaculture in Spencer Gulf

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AUSTRALIA - The Spencer Gulf region is to get an economic boost if proposed changes to aquaculture zoning near Wallaroo which allow for finfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and algae farming go ahead.

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Public feedback is currently being sought on the proposed changes to the aquaculture zone policy for eastern Spencer Gulf.

"South Australia is home to some of the most sought after seafood in the world and our innovative aquaculture industry contributes almost half of the State’s total value of seafood production," said the Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Sean Sloan.

The proposed zone policy changes for Eastern Spencer Gulf provide certainty for operators looking to expand their operations and increase the range of species which could be farmed.

"They also provide assurances for other industries and the community in relation to future aquaculture activity in the area.

"The new arrangements would create opportunities for the aquaculture sector to grow and develop, support jobs and bring broader economic benefits to the Yorke Peninsula region."