Project number: 2018-115
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $54,950.00
Principal Investigator: Matthew Osborne
Organisation: Department of Industry Tourism and Trade
Project start/end date: 27 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018


There is growing interest in farming tropical oysters with several R&D agencies and enterprises involved in projects investigating aspects confronting commercial developments. There is interest from business enterprises and Aboriginal Corporations are seeking culturally appropriate economic opportunities from their land and seas. In addition there is an increased focus on the development opportunities of Northern Australia. Given this situation FRDC is supportive of providing an opportunity for all stakeholders to attend a workshop that will provide a forum to share information on progress and intentions of current and planned tropical oyster farming projects across northern Australia. Such a workshop is needed at this relatively early phase of industry development to inform all stakeholders of each others intentions and issues so collaborative opportunities can be identified.

This workshop is needed to inform all stakeholders of current knowledge of these issues, how they are being addressed and develop strategies to effectively overcome them in an efficient and planned manner. FRDC also recognises the opportunity that tropical oyster farming may provide for Aboriginal communities and appreciates the need and benefits of bringing community representatives to the workshop to learn about oyster farming developments and develop linkages to other community groups and technical experts.


1. Bring together representatives from all interest groups to share information on current tropical oyster research and commercialisation projects
2. Identify key information required to progress tropical oyster aquaculture across northern Australia
3. Identify approaches to provide culturally appropriate tropical oyster aquaculture opportunities for indigenous communities


ISBN: 0 7245 4771 1
Author: Matthew Osborne
Workshop • 2019-04-29 • 19.87 MB


The first national workshop on tropical oyster aquaculture was held in Darwin on 22 to 23 October, 2018 at the Waterfront Campus of Charles Darwin University (CDU). The workshop brought together representatives from Aboriginal communities, industry, government agencies, and Australian and international researchers, to discuss strategic priorities that needed to be addressed in order to develop a tropical oyster industry.
The workshop was held in response to recognition of the increasing interest in tropical oyster aquaculture in the NT, Western Australia (WA), Queensland (Qld) and northern New South Wales (NSW). The workshop addressed a need to foster greater collaboration across the various projects and provide strategic direction to future research and development activities. Technical experts from across Australia, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands presented on key areas, including hatchery production, species distribution, farming systems, food safety and biosecurity. A combination of small and large group discussion approaches were used to explore opportunities for Aboriginal participation and identify engagement models, challenges and opportunities to address Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) needs                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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