Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour, Cr Rodney Degens, and National Marine Science Centre technician Ken Cowden admire a tank of juvenile clownfish.
Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour, Cr Rodney Degens, and National Marine Science Centre technician Ken Cowden admire a tank of juvenile clownfish. Bruce Thomas

Economic potential in aquaculture

AQUACULTURE has a bright future in Coffs Harbour with enormous potential for rejuvenation of the fishing industry, says Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour, Rodney Degens.

Cr Degens recently met with the director of Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre, Dr Les Christidis, to discuss issues ranging from the economic potential of aquaculture for Coffs Harbour to concerns about the environmental sustainability of this industry. He said the findings were very positive.

“The unique environment around Coffs Harbour, with its blending of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate waters offshore and variety of river and estuarine environments is capable of a diverse range of aquaculture projects that can function with minimal ecological impact on the surrounding areas and on the fish species themselves.

“In fact, current research is aimed at achieving increased harmony with our marine environment.

“A basic concept for aquaculture is to recreate the natural environment as much as possible.

“Self-sustaining systems contribute to marine species’ health and minimise production costs.”

As part of this, SCU will be developing a range of educational opportunities for Australian and overseas students.



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