The Spencer Gulf region will get an economic boost if proposed changes to aquaculture zoning near Wallaroo go ahead.
Currently, only molluscs can be farmed. But under the new proposal, finfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and algae could also be farmed.
Public feedback is being sought on the proposed changes to the aquaculture zone policy for eastern Spencer Gulf.
The aquaculture industry in South Australia generated an estimated 1,833 jobs in 2014-15 with around 65 per cent of these jobs in regional areas.
Quotes attributable to Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Sean Sloan
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.
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.
Community involvement in the planning process is vital and I encourage the public to have their say during the consultation period.
Public meetings will be held in Wallaroo (Wednesday 28 September) and Minlaton (Thursday 29 September), where representatives from PIRSA will be on-hand to listen to community views and answer any questions related to the zone policy.
Consultation closes 9 November 2016. Meeting details, consultation documents and feedback forms are available at: www.pir.sa.gov.au/easternspencergulf