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September 1, 2015


Shrimp Farms Do Not Harm the Environment


An inquiry into the Northern Australian shrimp farming industry has revealed the shrimp farms pose no environmental risk to estuary or reef ecosystems!


Senator Ian Macdonald, Chair of the Northern Development White Paper Implementation Oversight Committee, who attended the inquiry and site inspections said that the evidence is good news for an industry that has suffered under an unnecessary regulatory burden.


Senator Macdonald said, “Scientists from James Cook University and CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization] agree that any impact from nutrients and shrimp farm discharge is very minimal.  The shrimp farms operating on the Queensland coast are having zero detrimental impact on reef ecosystems and zero detrimental impact on the mangrove and estuary habitats.  In fact, the science is suggesting that the mangroves and estuaries around the shrimp farms are in much better shape than elsewhere exactly because of the nutrients that run off from the farms into the coastal ecosystem.  We have heard a lot of stories about recreational fishers travelling many miles just to fish creeks near shrimp farm outlets because of the quality of the barramundi.  As the science improves and the outcomes improve, we need to do everything we can to assist this industry and not give a voice to the alarmist environmental lobby whose position is not supported by the science and who will happily sabotage Australian jobs.  Aquaculture is an industry that needs to be fostered—not tied up in red-tape—so that it can provide economic benefit for northern Australia for years to come.”


Senator Macdonald also said that aquaculture will become a key industry for northern Australia.


Information: James Hawthorn (phone 0407-105-633, email


Source: Australian Prawn Farmers Association.  Editor Helen Jenkins (email, webpage  Aquaculture Delivering Economic and Environmental Benefits: Macdonald.  Media Release: August 26, 2015.


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