Territory Leads Tropical Oyster Research

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is delivering world-leading research on Blacklip Rock Oysters with a team of NT scientists.

Blacklip Rock Oysters are a native species of tropical oyster found throughout the Northern Territory which have never been produced commercially.

Through the $5.2 million Blacklip Oyster Project, our Government is driving research into the development of the native oyster and the Aquaculture Industry in the Northern Territory.

Blacklip Rock Oyster farming is an emerging industry in the Northern Territory that presents opportunities for the Territory Labor Government to create hundreds of working opportunities and economic benefits for Aboriginal communities.

Entering into the second phase, the project is progressing development into commercial viability and bringing the oysters to market through Aboriginal communities and corporations, some include the Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation, Groote Aqua Aboriginal Corporation, and Tiwi Resources.

This research trial further supports buidling local experience and capacity in Aboriginal communities, with the ultimate aim of having communities grow and profit from the sale of these oysters themselves.

A total of $5.2 million has been invested into project since its formation in 2020, in an effort to grow the Aquaculture industry which is worth $62.5 million to the Territory’s economy and support local community through meaningful work opportunities.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries, Mark Monaghan:

“The Territory Labor Governments aquaculture research and development facility is delivering world leading research on Blacklip Rock Oysters.

“In the Top End, Blacklip Rock Oyster aquaculture incorporates local knowledge, historical connection, cultural appropriateness and low-tech farming methods to crack into a new commercial oyster market.

“This project is not only delivering ground breaking research, but it provides a massive opportunity to get more Territorians on country working and creates a sustainable income stream which will lead to major benefits across communities in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory Government

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