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The Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ARC ITRH) for Advanced Prawn Breeding has received $4.9 million from the Federal Government to undertake research leading to a significant boost in the productivity of the Australian prawn industry.
JCU’s Head of Aquaculture and Fisheries and Director of the new Hub, Professor Dean Jerry, said the project will focus on developing the world’s most advanced breeding program for the farmed black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) .
“The end result being shrimp that grow faster, are more disease-tolerant and that will retain outstanding eating qualities. Ultimately the program will mean increased productivity and international competitiveness for the Australian industry,” he said.
“At the moment the tiger shrimp is farmed but the full productivity potential locked in the species’ genes hasn’t been exploited. The aim of the Hub is to achieve the same high efficiency in farming the tiger shrimp as has been achieved for livestock such as pigs and chickens.”
The hub will be officially launched at Seafarms Queensland. It will work in conjunction with industry partner, Seafarms, Australia’s largest shrimp farming operation, which runs 52 ponds at the site, just south of Cardwell.
The Hub is hosted by JCU and involves industry and research partners the CSIRO, University of Sydney, AGRF and Universiteit Gent.