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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.

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 Duthiem, said the NSW South Coast had a strong reputation for producing excellent shellfish.

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

Mr Duthie will be visiting the region again soon and has already commenced meetings with the industry regulator, the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

More information

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