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CONSULTATION: Little Rat Coral Farm Pty Ltd Aquaculture Licence and Lease, Abrolhos Islands

Little Rat Coral Farm Pty Ltd (LRCF) has applied to culture various species of coral at three offshore sites near Little Rat Island in the Abrolhos Islands. Industry feedback sought by 18 May 2018.

Following successful coral aquaculture trials under an Exemption issued in 2015, LRCF has made an application to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) for an aquaculture licence and an aquaculture lease within the Easter Island Group of the Abrolhos Islands.

LRCF is seeking to establish a coral aquaculture operation at three sites within the Eastern Group: one Research & Development site located adjacent to the Little Coral Farm access jetty (0.048 hectares) and two grow-out sites west and east of Little Rat Island of 5.1 and 0.8 hectares respectively.

Please find below documents for more information:

A copy of all consultation responses received will be forwarded to LRCF to provide an opportunity for them 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 (

Please provide comments in writing direct to by Friday 18 May 2018 or send feedback to by Friday 11 May 2018 for a WRL submission.

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