Oyster farm trial project for Shark Bay

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Andrew Forrest’s Harvest Road group intends to trial experimental oyster farming along the eastern shores of Shark Bay after a ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency.

A spokesperson for the group said the oysters would be grown from wild stock caught locally and bred at a commercial oyster farm in Albany before being returned to Shark Bay.

“Harvest Road is pleased with the EPA’s decision on our proposed trial oyster project,” she said.

“We recognise the environmental significance of this part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area and plan to grow only native oysters found in the pristine surrounds.

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The next step for the project is to obtain a licence and a lease from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.”

The spokesperson said Harvest Road was on track for trials to start later this year.

The oysters will be for human consumption, not the culture of pearls.

The Member for North West Central Vince Catania said if the trials were successful it could lead to a commercial-scale production creating up to 250 jobs.

“What this decision from the EPA means is that Harvest Road can now sit down with the WA Government to obtain the essential licences and leases along the coastline to develop the trial sites,” he said.

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