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Kimberley Aquaculture Zone Plans Close to Finalisation

05 February 2013

AUSTRALIA - The Department of Fisheries is close to finalising plans for a Kimberley aquaculture zone, which it is hoped will expand the fledgling industry in Western Australia's northern waters.

In 2011, $1.25 million was allocated to creating two zones for ocean fish farms, to meet the growing demand for fin-fish like barramundi in countries like China, reports ABCNews.

The State Government is organising environmental approvals for a 20 square kilometre site in the King Sound, to make it easier for new producers to establish farms.

Project coordinator Kerrie Young says the project is on track to the site ready for business later this year.

"We are really pleased it's on schedule and we've hit a few major milestones. It'll take the EPA [Environmental Protection Authority] a little while to assess our application but we're hopeful that we'll have that by the end of 2013 and be able to offers waters up to potential investors by the end of the year."

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