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October 12, 2015

Australia

Sea Dragon Project Update

 

The Environmental Protection Authority in Australia’s Northern Territory (EPA NT) says Seafarms’ Sea Dragon Project, a $1.2 billion shrimp farming project, poses a significant risk to the environment and has re-released draft terms for an environmental impact statement.  The EPA NT has listed a range of concerns that warrant further investigation if the project is to be approved, including its potential impact on threatened species and environmental damage from the discharge of wastewater from its ponds.

 

The project was granted major project status by Northern Territory’s Chief Minister earlier in 2015.  When completed, the project could produce 12,000 metric tons of giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) a year.

 

In the draft terms, EPA NT states “risks to biodiversity...could arise from habitat clearing, poor weed hygiene, downstream impacts from discharge of nutrient-rich water and extraction of large volumes of freshwater.”  It also mentioned the need to mitigate “the implications of predation by birds on shrimp stock held in ponds, both on the project feasibility and on bird aggregations”.

 

Seafarms has previously stated it thinks it can manage any possible environmental risks.

 

The environmental impact statement would cover the first stage of the project.

 

If the project meets all necessary approvals, Seafarms would build hatcheries in Darwin and growout facilities in Legune.

 

The public is invited to comment on the document until October 23, 2015.

 

Information: Sea Dragon Project, Seafarms Group, Limited, Level 11, 225 St George’s Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia (phone +61-8-9321-4111, fax +61-8-9321-4411, email info@seafarms.com.au, webpages http://seafarmsgroup.com.au/project-sea-dragon and http://seafarmsgroup.com.au).

 

Source: NewsABC.net.  Northern Territory EPA Seeks Public Comment on Project Sea Dragon Environmental Impact.   Nadia Daly.  October 12, 2015.

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