Clean up complete at Anxious Bay

CLEAN-UP: Rings, rope, plastic and netting was breaking from the lease sites and washing to shore and out to sea before the clean up. Picture: Tim Kierse.
CLEAN-UP: Rings, rope, plastic and netting was breaking from the lease sites and washing to shore and out to sea before the clean up. Picture: Tim Kierse.

The clean-up of abandoned aquaculture infrastructure at Anxious Bay, near Elliston, has been completed  with more than 50 tonnes of netting alone removed.

In November 2017, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) engaged local specialist contractors to clean-up deteriorating infrastructure after the abalone farm was placed into receivership.

Member for Flinders Peter Treloar praised the local community for its support in the clean-up process.

Along with the state government, the west coast community and the Elliston District Council were a part of the clean up.

“A vast majority of those working in the seafood and aquaculture industry in my electorate do the right thing when it comes to being responsible for equipment and infrastructure,” Mr Treloar said.

“This isolated example of wrong doing was certainly disappointing.”

PIRSA Fisheries officers, the Elliston District Council and specialist contractors removed debris scattered along the local coastline and on the abandoned aquaculture lease sites in Anxious Bay.

This included multiple large nets, thousands of metres of poly rope, stingray anchors and plastic abalone trays left behind by the failed aquaculture venture, Ocean Abalone Australia. 

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said ensuring the site of the abandoned abalone farm was remediated as quickly as possible was important to the local community.

“As a whole the aquaculture sector is acutely aware of their environmental responsibilities and do all they can to protect the local marine environment,” he said. 

The clean-up was undertaken in two stages; firstly to remove and dispose of aquaculture infrastructure and debris floating in the water and along the shore line, then secondly to remove and dispose of further debris on the sea floor.

PIRSA is finalising a brief of evidence for consideration by the Crown Solicitor’s Office to pursue actions to recover costs associated with the remediation of these sites.