ContentsInside Scope 2
Contact us 2
Meet Aquacultures new General Manager 2
Oyster innovations 3
Help shape Marine Parks 3
Standards high on Kangaroo Island 4
Updates and reminders 4
N e w s f r o m P I R S A s A q u a c u l t u r e D i v i s i o n
M a r c h 2 0 1 0 E d . 4World aquaculture showcase hits AdelaideSouth Australia will boost its reputation as an aquaculture leader when it hosts the World Aquaculture Symposium in Adelaide in 2014.
Organised by peak industry body, the World Aquaculture Society, the event will include tours to SAs world-renowned aquaculture production areas, including the Eyre Peninsula.
PIRSA Aquaculture Division Executive Director, Professor Mehdi Doroudi, said the symposium was expected to attract about 3000 delegates and 200 exhibitors from around the world, who will inject an estimated $11.5 million into SAs economy.
South Australian aquaculture is highly regarded around the world, and the symposium will allow us to showcase our legislative frameworks,
production techniques and research and development associated with SAs seafood industry, Mehdi said.
Nationally and internationally SA is known for producing high quality seafood, including southern bluefin tuna, kingfish and oysters.
SAs aquaculture industry generated sales worth about $264 million in 2007/08, representing a third of the total value of all farmed seafood in Australia.
The bid, submitted by Adelaide Convention Tourism Authority, was made possible by a partnership of PIRSA, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the South Australian Tourism Commission and the Adelaide Convention Centre.
(Right): South Australian aquaculture is highly
regarded around the world.
Sean makes a move to AquacultureSean Sloan has arrived at the Aquaculture Division at an interesting time. He will be involved in managing several key projects, including the current review of the Aquaculture Act 2001 and reviewing existing cost recovery arrangements.Sean has become General Manager, Aquaculture, on a temporary basis, following Heather Montgomeries move in October 2009 to work as an internal management consultant at PIRSA.His previous position was as Manager of the Fisheries Policy Group at PIRSA, where he worked on a number of strategic policy directions for management of SAs fisheries resources and a stakeholder co-management policy. He has held a number of policy and management roles at PIRSA since 2000 and spent about 18 months on the Solomon Islands working for the 17-nation Pacific
Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, focusing on the development of tuna fisheries throughout the Pacific region. After graduating from the University of Tasmania, he spent three years with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. I am pleased to make a move to aquaculture, which now represents more than half of South Australias total seafood production, he said. It is important to plan ahead for a sustainable future for our marine environment and the seafood industry it supports.Im also looking forward to working with the South Australian aquaculture industry and to strengthen relations between the Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors.Sean has a marine science background, majoring in fisheries biology, and recently completed a graduate diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
P I R S A A q u a c u l t u r e
The Inside Scope
South Australias aquaculture industry is not just about economic gains and reaching export highs. For many regional communities the rapidly expanding industry is a lifeline, providing jobs, social opportunities and tourism.
Finding the right balance between environment, social and economic considerations is the key for moving forward on critical decisions regarding the sustainability and development of aquaculture in South Australia. This is the triple bottom line approach, which PIRSA Aquaculture is working towards in its management of South Australias aquaculture industries.
Environmental sustainability is important to all of us, including the aquaculture industry. PIRSA Aquaculture, in close collaboration with the industry, has established strong environmental monitoring programs and policies governing the sustainable management of aquaculture develop-ment here in South Australia. However, economic and social aspects of our regional communities also need to be strongly considered, not only by industry but also by government agencies.
Here at PIRSA we are working hard to find that balance through our close involvement with the aquaculture industry, and the Commonwealth and State Government agencies. For example, we are working closely with the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH), playing a role in the development of the states marine parks. We will be ensuring that any potential impacts on the future of aquaculture development in South Australia is appropriately addressed (see page 3).
Another example of our continued approach to sustainable development can also be found on page 3. The story is about the states leading oyster-growing zone, Coffin Bay, and the benefits being enjoyed by oyster growers due to its sustainable marketability.
Our legislative framework, the Aquaculture Act 2001 is also being reviewed this year, with the aim of bringing more flexibility to day-to-day operations, taking into account all areas of sustainable growth. I would like to take this opportunity once again to encourage you all to contribute into this review throughout the public consultation process.
I would also like to welcome Sean Sloan to PIRSA Aquaculture, as General Manager, initially for a period of six months. Sean has extensive experience in aquatic resources management and policy, and has worked for PIRSA Fisheries for a number of years. He will be involved in managing several key projects, including the current review of the Aquaculture Act 2001 and future cost recovery arrangements.
I hope you enjoy the latest edition of AquaScope.
With Professor Mehdi Doroudi Executive Director, PIRSA Aquaculture
For all your aquaculture enquiries:
Licence payments Shared Services Phone: 8462 1304 (press option 3)
Renewals and transfers PIRSA Aquaculture Natalie Richardson Phone: 8226 0347
Environmental monitoring PIRSA Aquaculture Luke Fraser and Megan Butler Phone: 8226 0314
Chemical use and translocation PIRSA Aquaculture Sita Balshaw and Hamish Aiken Phone: 8226 0314
For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/aquaculture
The information in this publication can be provided on request in an alternative format or another language for those who need it. Please call 8226 2258.
(Above): Sean Sloan diving with humpback whales off the coast of Rurutu (an island in the southern part of French Polynesia).
Oyster growers happy to innovate
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Pristine Oysters is diversifying, inspired by suggestions from visiting chefs and overseas buyers.
The Coffin Bay producer is experimenting with growing the Australian native Angasi flat oyster.
It also specialises in a smaller round style of oyster, similar to the Japanese Kumamoto oyster.
This venture began four years ago when the Eyre Regional Development Board organised an inspection of the Guidera brothers leases by a group of leading Australian chefs.
They said smaller, rounder oysters which have a sweet, plump, firm texture which encourage people to try natural oysters could be very popular with diners.
Lease operator Brendan Guidera, with his brothers Nick and Tony, picked up on the idea and started growing Kumamoto-style oysters.
Producing these oysters takes a little more time and effort, but the results have been good, Brendan said.
We have had to carefully pick the right location for these oysters, where there is more tidal flow and wave motion.
Kumamoto is a region in Japan where the small, true Kumamoto oyster originated.
They are no longer produced in Japan but are farmed in limited numbers in the US, Brendan said.
The Kumamoto-style of Japanese Pacific oysters spend more time out of the water than the average Coffin Bay oyster, rolling around at wave level in their baskets.
The wave and tidal activity constantly chips away at new shell growth which results in a more rounded shape, a large abductor muscle and a good store of glycogen, Brendan said.
The end result is a firm sweet little oyster.
The premium-end oysters have helped the company to win more sales in export and domestic markets.
The Guideras, which have leases at Cowell and Coffin Bay on the West Coast, export to Hong Kong, Japan and France.
Coffin Bay is the states leading oyster-growing area, with 132 individual licences comprising a total of 176 hectares.
After extensive public consultation, PIRSA Aquaculture consolidated the Coffin Bay Zone Policy in October, 2008.
This has enabled the ongoing sustainability of the prolific oyster-growing area, which in 2005 yielded 2574 tonnes of production,
or about 50% of the states $25 million- a-year worth of production.
About the aquaculture zones:http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/aquaculture/ management_policies/zonal_policies
(Below): Hong Kong celebrity chef, Wong Wing Chee with Brendan Guidera at Pristine Oysters last year (Photo courtesy: Eyre Regional Development Board).
Industry groups and coastal communities around South Australia are invited to participate in the drafting of management plans and zoning arrangements for the States 19 marine parks.
The Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) has set up 13 Marine Park Local Advisory Gr