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Dinko Seafoods to start Elliston abalone farm in 2022

NEXT CHAPTER: Lukina Lukin is excited to start investigating the possibility of farming abalone off Anxious Bay from the start of 2022. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
NEXT CHAPTER: Lukina Lukin is excited to start investigating the possibility of farming abalone off Anxious Bay from the start of 2022. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

Dinko Seafoods will investigate abalone farming off of Elliston from January as the company looks to bring jobs to the community, and add another feather to its seafood cap.

The company has been granted a 120 hectare production lease and corresponding licence to farm abalone within the Anxious Bay aquaculture zone by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

Dinko managing director Lukina Lukin said interest in a farm at the site started about two years ago and it was involved in a clean up at the site after another company had operated there previously.

"Two years ago PIRSA released the water for aquaculture, the site became available as well, I put an application in for that and we got approved recently," she said.

Ms Lukin said approval came too late to put juvenile abalone in the water in 2021, as they were best suited to the cooler water of winter.

The company is now preparing to drop a custom-made concrete reef at the site sometime in the first week of January, before the start of the tuna season, to allow for algae and seaweed to grow at the site before juvenile abalone are put at the site in winter.

Ms Lukin said the first year would provide a chance to see how the abalone would develop at the site and commercial viability.

Dinko Seafoods is known for its tuna products but is also invovled with western king prawns and sardines. Ms Lukin said the company was excited to branch out further into abalone and was determined to make it work.

"This abalone (project) is very exciting for me," she said.

"In the first year we need to learn how the abalone survive in the natural water then we need to develop and study to get it to work."

A map showing where Dinko Tuna Farmers' abalone lease will be located off Anxious Bay. Image courtesy of Department of Primary Industries and Regions

A map showing where Dinko Tuna Farmers' abalone lease will be located off Anxious Bay. Image courtesy of Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Dinko Seafoods are not the only ones excited about the future plans as Elliston District Council are also supportive of the operation starting up and the employment potential it could bring.

Council chief executive officer Geoff Sheridan said the council was confident of the professional approach the company was taking and looked forward to what it could bring to the community.

He said seeing how abalone farming had benefited communities such as Augusta in Western Australia, there was great potential it could bring to a town like Elliston.

" We potentially see economic development opportunities for Elliston and are keen to support them wherever possible to proceed," he said.

Ms Lukin said the company was keen to help the development of Elliston and to grow the town's population through the success of the abalone farming venture.

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