Northern Australia aquaculture situational analysis
The objectives of the Northern Australia aquaculture industry situational analysis project (A.1.1718119) were to identify key challenges and opportunities facing the northern Australian aquaculture sector, and to explore potential solutions and identify the most strategic research projects for further investment. The scope of the study included infrastructure, policy, investment, environmental, production, knowledge, training and human capital gaps.
The study used a mixed methodology approach to data collection and analysis including a literature review, an online survey, face-to-face workshops, access to key production-related data reported to government, SWOT analysis and scenario planning tools.
The opportunity for aquaculture industry development in Northern Australia is large, with estimates that north has 500,000 hectares and 700,000 hectares suitable for marine farming in earthen and lined ponds, respectively . For freshwater pond culture, suitable areas are up to 50-fold larger.
Seven strategic recommendations addressing key identified challenges to industry development are included in this report.