Fisheries and aquaculture

Location: Northern Territory, Australia

Sector: Aquaculture

Investment type: Diverse including direct ownership, joint venture / equity partnerships and passive investment

Estimated total project cost: Variable dependent on product and scale

Investment amount sought: Various capital investment levels available

Project status: Conceptual and proposed project opportunities available

The opportunity

Aquaculture is an established industry in the Northern Territory, currently valued at AU$25 million per year. There are significant opportunities for expansion in production capability to meet market demand.

Investors can purchase an established business, enter into partnerships with local businesses, or develop greenfield projects.

Why the Territory

The Territory is acknowledged globally as having one of the most pristine marine environments in the world. The Australian Exclusive Economic Zone extends for up to 200 nautical miles from the Territory coastline.

Territory fisheries are managed under the principles of ecologically sustainable development. All fisheries in the Territory that export seafood product are accredited under the Sustainability Guidelines of the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act), recognising the environmentally sustainable manner in which these fisheries operate.

The Territory’s proximity and access to the growing Asian markets, policy settings and access to the required natural resources provide a competitive advantage to prospective investors in new and existing projects.

Oysters in a basket

Sector snapshot

The Territory has nearly 11 000 kilometres of coastline which supports a diverse array of fisheries and aquaculture production opportunities, including:

  • offshore snapper, shark and mackerel
  • pond-based production of crab, prawns, barramundi and snapper
  • sea ranching of sea cucumber (trepang), sea cage barramundi
  • aquarium products such as coral, ornamental fish and clams
  • pearl oysters, and
  • algae.

Demand for these products in Asia continues to grow, and opportunities exist for investment in supply chain and logistics projects for processing and value-added products.

Tiger prawns


Contact details

Linda Lee
Director Agribusiness Development
Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Phone: +61 8 8999 6058


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