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« เมื่อ: เมษายน 20, 2010, 09:02:16 AM »

Gov't invests USD 1.2 mln in aquaculture facility

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:30 (GMT + 9)

The Cawthron Institute announced on Friday its welcoming of NZD 1.69 million (USD 1.2 million) worth of government funding for its Glenhaven aquaculture research plant outside Nelson. The funds will back ongoing development for seafood and aquaculture innovation.

Last month, the Institute launched its first new building at the site in 15 years.

CEO Gillian Wratt said the grant will help fund research space and enable infrastructure for research providers and industry, plus educational facilities for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, which will teach its new Diploma in Aquaculture course in 2011.

“This money will now guarantee the provision of a world-class aquaculture research and technology centre for New Zealand that, when completed, will facilitate collaboration, provide infrastructure critical for the successful transfer of research and development outcomes and enable others in the sector to also benefit from the development,” Wratt said.

Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee noted that the investment was likely to breed considerable national economic benefits.

“The industry goal is to grow aquaculture sector sales to NZD 1 billion (USD 712.6 million) by 2025. This funding along with other initiatives, such as upcoming legislative reforms, is part of the government’s commitment to that goal,” he informed.

The Glenhaven Aquaculture Centre will enable aquaculture organisations to take a product or technique from research to pilot scale commercial production on one site, and allow superior teamwork between research organisations, education providers and industry.

Cawthron Institute and Wakatu Incorporation had jointly applied to the Ministry of Economic Development’s enterprising partnership fund for a sum of NZD 10.45 million (USD 7.4 million). Most of this was meant for the Horoirangi Centre for Seafood and Aquaculture, which aims to boost research and the commercial development of the aquaculture industry.

Wratt noted that Cawthron is disappointed the proposal was not able to be funded at this juncture.

“We would like to continue to work with Wakatu and hope that they and the government will continue to explore options to ensure the success of their project, which we clearly see adding value to NZ’s aquaculture sector,” she stated.

Cawthron Commercial Manager Daryl Wehner said Cawthron sees its Glenhaven research facilities as the first step in the development of a Nelson-based aquaculture research and commercial centre, which will provide a location for science and industry to collaborate and the means to take that research to market.

"One of the key economic issues facing New Zealand in many sectors is the need to develop new, higher value products. This facility will help the aquaculture sector investigate and pilot high-value species and products, including enabling spat to be artificially grown onshore in commercial quantity, reducing the industry's reliance on limited wild stocks," Brownlee said, Voxy News Engine reports.

Additional research and development plants are planned for Glenhaven, which will eventually take the cost of the shared research facility and associated site infrastructure to close on NZD 6 million (USD 4.3 million) on completion, including the government funding.

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By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
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