The government is calling for public comment on its review into the infrastructure and services that support Western Australia’s aquaculture industry.
Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the review examined how to ensure the ongoing viability of the aquaculture sector and the training and workforce development to support its operations.
The report recommends the State’s subsidised aquaculture research, advisory and fish stock supply services should be delivered under a new funding and governance structure.
“The reviews recommendations include a model for aquaculture activities that ensures WA has the right expertise and modern facilities for sustainable training and research,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The review articulates the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, such as TAFE colleges and the Department of Fisheries, and the best locations for aquaculture research and fish production, as well as training delivery that supports the industry’s workforce needs.
“The recommendations also support the aims of the WA Training Sector Reform Project in ensuring training facilities are being used as fully as possible.”
The Deputy Premier said the government had identified aquaculture as a growth industry to broaden the Western Australian economy and create jobs.
Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the review, jointly funded by the departments of Training and Workforce Development and Fisheries, was now open for public comment and submissions.
“Public submissions will be considered before the most suitable model is developed for training delivery, applied research and fish production,” Mr Francis said.
“The State Government has made a substantial investment to support the development of WA’s aquaculture industry, and as the sector has historically faced a range of challenges, it is timely to undertake a comprehensive analysis.”