Legislative Council: Tuesday, March 21, 2023


Eyre Peninsula Desalination Project

In reply to the Hon. C. BONAROS ().9 March 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

That those locations are situated adjacent to the Aquaculture (Zones-Lower Eyre Peninsula) Policy 2013, contain 53 aquaculture leases and corresponding licences authorised to farm mussels, southern bluefin tuna, oysters, abalone, finfish and seaweed. In the 2020-21 financial year those aquaculture sites produced 12,270 tonnes, directly valued at $128.25 million farm gate, which is 64 per cent of the entire South Australian aquaculture industry. Of that, the mussel aquaculture sector produced 1,845 tonnes, directly valued at $3.69 million farm gate. In addition, the mussel aquaculture sector provided direct on-farm regional employment of 29 full-time employees, with total employment of 94 full-time employees considering direct and flow-on.