Project number: 2012-220
Project Status:
Completed
Budget expenditure: $40,000.00
Principal Investigator: Brad O. Adams
Organisation: Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd
Project start/end date: 3 Sep 2012 - 29 Jul 2013
Contact:
FRDC

Need

Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd is at the point of commercialising abalone ranching at the company’s aquaculture lease site in Augusta, Western Australia. An important part of the commercialisation process is a commercial trial, currently underway, to determine:
- optimal type of habitat structure
- optimal size at release
- optimal density
- location (3 experimental sites within Flinders Bay at different depth & habitat profiles)
- compare & assess mortality % as related to above variables.
- compare & assess growth rates as related to the above variables.

The project is needed so that data collected during the duration of the survey can be analysed and collated in report suitable for peer review. The Company considers the peer review process as being a key step in upholding scientific rigor of the company's internal research activities. Third party validation (by CURTIN UNIVERSITY) of the company's data will assist in satisfying investor confidence in the way we are approaching our activities.

This project may revolutionise greenlip abalone aquaculture in Australia - there are no power costs, no feed costs, product quality is the same as 'wild-caught', capital costs are significantly lower and has comparitively lower operational costs compared with traditional land-based abalone aquaculture.

Objectives

1. To have sampling methods used in the enhancement trial independently validated
2. For data collected by the trial to be analysed and presented in a report suitable for peer review

Final report

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