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$1.2m booster shot for Australia's Atlantic salmon industry.



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Last updated: 18 May 2007

$1.2m booster shot for Australia’s Atlantic Salmon industry

A new $1.285 million project aims to come up with a solution to treat Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD) for the Australian Atlantic salmon industry.

Speaking from the Huon Aquaculture Company’s farm in southern Tasmania, the Minister for Fisheries Senator Eric Abetz said AGD, a condition which affects the fish’s gills causing them to lose condition, continues to be a major issue for Tasmania’s $220 million Atlantic salmon industry.

“Although it doesn’t affect the fish’s suitability for human consumption, AGD is estimated to cost the industry $15 million annually in treatment costs and lost productivity,” Senator Abetz said.

The proposed outcome and benefit of the three year project will be an efficient commercial vaccine against AGD for the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon industry.

Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association executive officer, Pheroze Jungalwalla, said AGD is the most significant disease for the industry.

“Developing the vaccine would see years of research finally come to fruition and would assist Tasmanian salmon to be cost competitive in the global market,” he said.

This project forms part of the $34.5 million in Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funding announced today to ensure Australia’s fisheries are developed in an ecologically sustainable and profitable manner.

Other projects funded in Tasmania include

• $137,000 (Australian Maritime College) to explore alternative fuels for fishing vessels. • $400,000 (University of Tasmania) on a project that will look at developing ecosystem resilience and options to minimise formation of ‘barrens’ habitat by the

long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii) in Tasmania. • $113,000 (CSIRO) to examine regional connections in south-western Pacific broadbill swordfish. • $60,000 (Tasmanian Fishing Industry Council) towards running the bi-annual

Seafood Directions Conference. • $258,000 (CSIRO) to undertake an integrated evaluation of management strategies for tropical multi-species long-line fisheries.

A full list of projects to receive funding in 2007-08 is available at www.frdc.com.au

Further inquiries:

Media enquiries: Heath Michael 0400 467 232

Pheroze Jungalwalla, EO, Tas. Salmonid Grower's Assoc. (03) 6214 0550