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    Triple MMM: Esperance the next Abalone Hub of Australia?

  • 6 March 2019

    Triple MMM: Esperance the next Abalone Hub of Australia?

    It may be a couple years in the making but Esperance is taking the first tentative steps towards becoming the abalone hub of Australia. With a community workshop tonight (Wednesday, March 6) at 530 at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club, Esperance residents have an opportunity to provide input and show their support or opposition of the possible new industry.

    Ocean Grown Abalone have been researching and investigating prospective locations across the state and have arrived at a 34 hectare parcel of land opposite the current Esperance Waste Management site at Wylie bay ideal for an onshore abalone hatchery.

    Ocean Grown can move on with a feasibility study of the spot after securing a 12 month lease off the Shire of Esperance, who own the land.

    The industry would provide a huge economic boost to the local community, and the General Manager of Ocean Grown Abalone, Brad Adams, is (fairly) confident the facility’s construction could begin at some stage during 2020.

    He spoke to Sean on the Triple M Esperance Breakfast Show.

    ‘Abalone farming today is very profitable in Australia. I believe we have selected a very suitable location, it’s very close to a town, it’s large enough to scale the business up’

    The size of the business in Esperance is significant, and could be the largest operation in Australia, according to Mr. Adams.

    ‘Stage one we plan to be growing around about 250 tonnes of abalone (per year), plus supplying juvenile seed for our abalone ranches in Augusta and Wylie Bay’

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  • Esperance Express: Ocean Grown Abalone venture hatched

  • 8 March 2019

    Esperance Express: Ocean Grown Abalone venture hatched

    Less than a week after the Esperance Shire Council gave the project in-principle support, Ocean Grown Abalone has begun community consultation over a proposed hatchery at Wylie Bay.

    The shire have already begun seeking community feedback to lease 34 hectares of land about 10 kilometres from the town centre for the proposed land-based development following the council decision on February 26.

    Subject to the feedback, the company are expected to enter a 12-month lease to carry out a feasibility study to assess the land's development potential.

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  • Dept of fisheries: Diving deeper into exports with new abalone processing facility

  • Friday 4th October 2019

    Dept of fisheries: Diving deeper into exports with new abalone processing facility

    Ocean Grown Abalone’s new storage and processing centre opens at Augusta
    $3.4 million facility supported with almost $500,000 in McGowan Government grants
    A purpose-built storage and processing facility opened today at Augusta Boat Harbour will allow the world’s first commercial greenlip abalone sea ranching business to meet growing international demand for the ocean-grown delicacy.

    Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan today officially opened Ocean Grown Abalone’s (OGA) new building, which was supported with a $485,000 contribution from the McGowan Government.

    Built to export standards, the facility unlocks growth opportunities for the business by allowing it to process greater amounts of its locally-harvested product.

    The old processing facility experienced bottlenecks, restricting the volumes divers could bring back.

    Streamlining processes and the utilisation of new technology will result in additional value-added lines for retail and food services in both Australia and export markets being introduced.

    In particular, the ability to deliver abalone straight from the ocean to live tanks onsite will unlock opportunities for OGA to increase live abalone for the export market.

    The facility includes closed-circuit seawater holding tanks, a holding freezer and chiller room.

    The construction of the building was led by South West firm Big Ben Builders, which provided local employment and subcontract opportunities.

    The McGowan Government provided funding towards the new facility through its Regional Economic Development Grants, Grants for Asian Market Export, and Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund.

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  • Bunbury Mail: Bunbury diver to join Ocean Grown Abalone team

  • 20 May 2019

    Bunbury Mail: Bunbury diver to join Ocean Grown Abalone team

    The abalone industry in Augusta continues to grow with the announcement this month of the latest recruits to join the Ocean Grown Abalone (OGA) team.

    The abalone farming group recently hired two local boys - Margaret River resident Josh Dorigo and Jack Harrington from Bunbury.

    The duo are currently completing their dive certifications in Tasmania, which has been financed by OGA ahead of their start at the Augusta abalone ranch upon receipt of their commercial dive tickets.

    Mr Harrington said the job allowed him to enjoy the best parts of living in the region.

    "I've always loved the South West and I've grown up here diving and exploring the coast," he said. "I was so excited when this position came up and to be given the opportunity to complete a dive ticket to work commercially was an added bonus!

    "We are enjoying our time here in Tasmania and I'm looking forward to starting with a great bunch of people in Augusta soon."

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  • ABC National: Abalone and other aquaculture industries revitalising WA tourist towns with ‘gold rush food’

  • 15 September 2019

    ABC: Abalone and other aquaculture industries revitalising WA tourist towns with 'gold rush food'

    Western Australia's growing aquaculture industry is revitalising small tourism towns on the state's south coast by providing an alternative to seasonal work.

    Key points:
    Year-round employment now offered by aquaculture in many WA towns is trumping seasonal and tourism-related industries
    The State Government is looking to the sector to help fulfil its promise of 30,000 new regional jobs by 2023-24
    One abalone firm is now the largest employer in Augusta
    Within a decade, aquaculture has become the biggest employer in the seaside communities of Bremer Bay and Augusta.

    Their story reflects the broader aspirations of the industry and the State Government, which is looking to the sector to help fulfil its promise of 30,000 new regional jobs by 2023-24.

    Government stimulus has provided the foundation for the industry's growth, but further private investment is needed to help other coastal communities share the benefits.

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