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Queensland Considers Aquaculture Seabed Leases

AUSTRALIA - The State Government is considering offering seabed leases to develop the aquaculture industry in the Great Sandy Marine Park on the Fraser Coast in south-east Queensland.

It could include the farming of scallops, pearl oysters and tropical abalone, reports ABC Online.

According to the news agency the Queensland Aquaculture Industries Federation spokesman, Dr Clive Keenan, says there is very good economic benefit in aquaculture and those against the idea are misinformed.

"If the World Wildlife Fund is supporting aquaculture as a viable way of producing quality fresh seafood then I don't think anybody has got anything to worry about," he told ABC Online.

"In Tasmania and South Australia they actually produce more seafood from aquaculture than Queensland does from its fisheries."

Ellen Hardy

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