This project represents the first attempt to gain an overall picture of the carbon footprint of the Australian wild-catch fishing and aquaculture (F&A) industries. The project's three principal programs and objectives were to establish energy use and GHG emissions profile of Australian F&A sectors, develop self-assessment tools for the sectors - to calculate energy efficiency and GHG emissions (available for download below) and to develop a toolbox and examples for emissions reduction opportunities in the F&A sectors.
Blueshift worked with other researchers and aquaculture experts from James Cook University (JCU), CSIRO, Australian Barramundi Farmers Association (ABFA), Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA) and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) to identify challenges and opportunities facing the northern Australian aquaculture industry to deliver a long-term northern Australia Aquaculture Industry Vision, as part of the CRCNA-funded Situational Analysis of Aquaculture in Northern Australia project.
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On the back of the Queensland Government's gazettal of a large Aquaculture Development Area near Rockhampton, Blueshift worked with CSIRO, James Cook University and Rockhampton Regional Council to develop an Aquaculture Industry Development Plan for the region.
Blueshift worked with the Palm Island Council, James Cook University and CSIRO to develop a Strategic Plan for sustainable aquaculture ventures and operations on Palm Island.
Blueshift prepared an assessment of the development of a commercial freshwater fish hatchery growing a range of native and non-native species. Analysis included assessment of breeding programs, facilities, production systems, costing and markets.
Advised a major Australian bank and its aquaculture operations client on identification of target species, aggregation strategy and establishment of the 5,000 tpa prawn aquaculture operation involving hatchery, grow-out and processing operations.
Blueshift advised on specialist components of the development of oyster (pearl and rock), scallop and other aquaculture species in marine lease areas off Shark Bay, including legal and technical aspects of government permits.