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Moruya Shellfish Hatchery

Project: build a shellfish hatchery to contribute to ongoing, reliable supply of oyster and mussel spat.

Timing: Late 2018 to mid 2020.

Funding: grant funded under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package. Council is seeking tenders for construction, and will be able to confirm project costs once the tender process is finalised.

Project details

Eurobodalla Council has secured grant funding to construct a shellfish hatchery at Moruya Airport. The hatchery will supply oyster spat and mussel spat to local estuaries and other farmers in NSW and further afield.

Council has issued a tender for suitable applicants to design, build and operate the hatchery.

The tender documentation is available for download on Tenderlink and applicants have until 2pm 29 October 2018 to submit their tender

The project aims to meet a major challenge for the oyster industry of sourcing reliable, quality oyster spat, and is expected to create up to 33 jobs with the potential to generate $11.3 million in regional income.

The state-of-the-art facility will be built on land at Moruya Airport and leased to a commercial operator.

The grant funded work will deliver:

  • a land-based shellfish hatchery to grow the spat to ideal commercial juvenile shellfish
  • aquaculture training facilities for workers and students
  • a dedicated research and development space for ongoing scientific breeding and species development
  • an export accredited packing centre to meet overseas demand for shellfish, which can also be used by other food producers to value-add, pack and despatch their produce
  • a tourism facility where visitors can learn about the industry and enjoy tasting and farm gate sales.

More information

An industry forum has been established to facilitate communication between industry members and Council.

To find out more, contact Divisional Manager, Property and Commercial Services, Andrew Greenway: