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CONSULTATION: Abrolhos Aquaculture Australia Pty Ltd – Licence, Abrolhos Islands

On 23 August 2018, Abrolhos Aquaculture Australia Pty Ltd (AAA) made an application to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to vary its Licence, to include various species of scallops, clams, oysters, sea cucumbers, sponges and sea urchins as well as add an existing jetty facility to the authorised site located on Rat Island in the Abrolhos Islands.

The proposed species are:

  • Scallops: Amusium balloti, Chlamys australis;
  • Clams: Tapes literatus, Tapes dorsatus, Tridacna maxima, Tridacna squamosal, Tridacna derasa;
  • Oysters: Saccostrea spp;
  • Sea cucumbers: Holothuridae, Holothuria scabra, Actinopyga spp.;
  • Sponges: Hymedesmiidae, Latrunculiidae, Mycalidae, Irciniidae, Spongidae, Thorectidae;
  • Sea urchins: Tripneustes gratilla, Tripneustes spp, Toxopneustidae.

AAA is also making an application for an exemption to enable it to collect broodstock of the proposed species, namely Tapes literatus and Tapes dorsatus at this stage. Juveniles of a number of the species listed above naturally settle on aquaculture equipment established on AAA’s authorised marine site, hence they will become potential broodstock for hatchery trials. Other shellfish broodstock, such as Amusium balloti, may be purchased off licenced commercial fishermen if necessary.

Please click the below links for further information relevant to the application:

  1. Consultation Information
  2. Site Plan 

If you have any comments or concerns relating to your fishing operations please provide comments direct to by COB Tuesday 27 November 2018.
provide comment to by COB Thursday 25 November 2018 for inclusion in a WRL submission.

A copy of all responses received will be forwarded to AAA to provide an opportunity for it to respond. This process allows a balanced consideration of the application and an opportunity for the applicant to make appropriate amendments to it.

In its assessment of the application, Aquaculture Branch will consider all substantive issues raised and document the process in a Statement of Decision, a copy of which will be available on the Department’s website (