Moruya Shellfish Hatchery

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

Timing: due for completion mid-2021

Funding: grant funded under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

Last updated: January 2021

Project details

Eurobodalla Shire 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 signed an agreement with Sea Perfect (NSW) Pty Ltd that will see the experienced shellfish supplier design, build and operate the $4.8m facility. Sea Perfect (NSW) managing director, Ian Duthie, said the NSW South Coast had a strong reputation for producing excellent shellfish.

A development application for the facility is currently under assessment. Site access, ground works and services for the hatchery are nearing completion.

One major aim of the project is to meet a major challenge for the shellfish industry of sourcing reliable, quality oyster spat.

The state-of-the-art facility will be built on land at Moruya Airport.

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 dispatch their produce
  • a tourism facility where visitors can learn about the industry and enjoy tasting and farm gate sales.

More information

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