Next generation offshore blue water aquaculture (2019–2021)
Increasing global demand for high quality protein means offshore marine aquaculture is the only realistic environmentally sustainable alternative to conventional livestock farming and depleted wild fisheries. The project aims to facilitate the creation of globally competitive Australian offshore fish farming, and development of a major new environmentally sustainable national export industry. The expected outcomes are the development of novel floating concrete platforms, new technology for fish cages and innovative anti-biofouling systems. The benefits address significant community objections to nearshore fish farms, including severe environmental pollution, disease and pathogens, over use of antibiotics and economic impacts on tourism.