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SA Aquaculture R&D Applauded

The valuable body of research, development and innovation provided by SARDI Aquatic Sciences in supporting the growth of the SA aquaculture industry, has won high praise from the SA branch of the International Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). SARDI Aquaculture leader, Steve Clarke, who accepted the award on behalf of the SARDI Aquaculture team for 'Applied Research, Development and Innovation for SA Aquaculture,' highlighted the strategic vision of SARDI Executive Director, Professor Rob Lewis, in creating the first Aquaculture focused  R&D program in SA. Steve, who has led SARDI Aquaculture since the formation of SARDI in 1992, said the aquaculture R&D outcomes achieved had helped the industry grow from a worth of around $200,000 per annum in the late 1980s to now having an economic impact on South Australia of more than $500 million. The SARDI aquaculture team is a pioneer in R&D in many aquaculture industry sectors including Southern bluefin tuna, abalone, mussels, kingfish and mulloway.

Steven Clarke and Kristian Peters accept IMarEST awards

SARDI Aquaculture leader Steven Clarke (left), and SARDI Aquatic Sciences researcher Kristian Peters (right)