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Industry Development - Queensland. Current trends in the Queensland aquaculture industry New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education. Current industry trends – growth. Current industry trends – growth. Current industry trends – growth.

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Industry development queensland
Industry Development - Queensland

  • Current trends in the Queensland aquaculture industry

  • New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education




Current industry trends growth2
Current industry trends – growth

  • Queensland aquaculture value of production $75.5million in 2006-2007

  • 27% of total seafood production in Queensland

  • 72 % of aquaculture production is in North Queensland (Mackay north)


Current industry trends by species
Current industry trends – by species

  • Barramundi farming sector has shown significant growth – 30% increase to $18.5 million in 2006-2007

  • Diversity of Queensland’s industry has increased

    eg. freshwater fish increasing by 50% in value

    eg. trials on new species

  • Tropical rock lobster, eels, mudcrab, cobia, grouper, coral trout



Current industry trends people1
Current industry trends – people

Number of people employed in Queensland aquaculture 2006/2007 :

  • Total permanent employees = 471

  • Permanent employees in prawn farming = 226

  • Total permanent & casual combined = 674 FTE’s


Current industry trends people2
Current industry trends – people

Total output per labour unit employed in the prawn farming sector:

  • 2002/2003 $140,300

  • 2003/2004 $142,436

  • 2004/2005 $131,254

  • 2005/2006 $188,770

  • 2006/2007 $141,088



New directions for dpi f aquaculture training and education
New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education

Yorke Island Sponge Farm

Industry development

initiatives include

Indigenous aquaculture development program

Saibai Island Pearl Farm



New directions for dpi f aquaculture training and education2
New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education

“A fresh approach” – Enhanced Service Delivery to address the new challenges facing modern agribusiness

  • Three pillars

  • Building our skills for our future

  • Delivering innovative research partnerships to grow investment

  • Driving profitability from the ‘farm gate to plate’


New directions for dpi f aquaculture training and education3
New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education

MOU between James Cook University and DPI&F

  • ‘Australian Institute of Tropical Agricultural Sciences’.

  • tropical agriculture, aquaculture and biosecurity

  • This alliance will redefine how the R&D capability and capacity of DPI&F and JCU is consolidated and coordinated for the benefit of the tropical agribusiness sector.


New directions for dpi f aquaculture training and education4
New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education

Merger of Australian Agricultural College Corporation into DPI&F

to leverage the Ag Colleges to upgrade skills across the primary industries sector

  • pathway from school to vocational and academic studies

    …from Pre-voc to PhD

    Bringing the Ag Colleges together with DPI&F will link the science and technology of our research centres and extension services with the college’s skilling programs.


New directions for dpi f aquaculture training and education5
New directions for DPI&F aquaculture training and education

  • Changes to R&D – cease programs in freshwater and mudcrab aquaculture

  • Future of the Walkamin Freshwater Aquaculture Centre yet to be determined

  • Indigenous aquaculture training opportunities


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