Scientific research improves seafood

Department of the House of Representatives

Ways to maximise the commercial potential of innovations in science will be discussed at an upcoming public hearing by the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee.

The Committee will speak to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) this Thursday as part of its inquiry into the Australian aquaculture sector. Witnesses will appear via videoconference.

Committee Chair, Rick Wilson MP, noted that both organisations are engaged in pioneering research which aims to boost the overall efficiency, sustainability, and profitability of domestic aquaculture enterprises.

‘CSIRO research into marine microbes led to the development of a natural supplement which has helped Australian farmers to rear bigger, healthier prawns. Similarly, ANSTO has used nuclear techniques to maximise seafood growth by identifying optimal feed ingredients and percentages.’

‘The Committee looks forward to discussing these and other emerging scientific innovations, as well as their potential commercial applications in the expansion of the aquaculture sector’, Mr Wilson said.

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