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Into the Blue A Draft Aquaculture Development Plan for the Northern Territory 1999-2004



Into the Blue A Draft Aquaculture Development Plan for the Northern Territory 1999-2004

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Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Michael Palmer


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A l l o c a tio n o f Re so u r c e s Industry development plans will be established for each significant sector. End to end, economic analysis of the sectors will lead to formulation of focused development plans. These will include identification of R&D requirements. An aquaculture health service has been identified as a key requirement for industry. A specialist aquaculture pathologist / veterinarian is essential to improve the quality of service to industry. Continued provision of core funding for aquaculture to the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, will enable it to leverage significant external research and development funds, both to support existing industries and assist in the development of new sectors. Government services to the Aquaculture Sector will be critically assessed by the TADAC on an annual basis. The Governments involvement in research and development is essential at this stage of the Aquaculture industrys development in order to demonstrate cost effective farming of appropriate aquaculture species and systems as it is not usually economically practical for industry to undertake such work, especially with regard to development of new species which will diversify the opportunities available. Re se a r c h a n d De v e l o p m e n t New species to be developed for aquaculture will be dependent upon markets, technical feasibility, development potential (eg land and water available) and economic viability. Research and development to address impediments to growth of existing industry sectors will also be required. Areas on which R&D efforts will be focused over the next five years include: Pearl Oyster Research and development on issues o f generic interest to the pearling industry, such as disease control and biofouling. Crustaceans Support as required for the prawn farming sector. One key area is to ensure supply o f broodstock for larval production. Draft as o f 23111198 7