Aug 25, 2009

Finding Nemo at the National Marine Science Centre

Finding Nemo at the National Marine Science Centre

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 25 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development today officially opened the upgraded aquaculture facilities at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Mr Albanese also visited the new aquarium at the centre.

“It is exciting to be here and support the important scientific work and research of this centre,” Mr Albanese said.

The Centre is renowned for its success in rearing a local species of clownfish – which has been popularised by the film, Finding Nemo.

“This upgrade led to the creation of five jobs within the Centre. In addition, research projects conducted by the Centre will support local aquaculture and help retain or boost employment in the industry.”

“Projects like this support jobs locally while investing in world-class education for young people and cutting-edge research and technology to benefit the economy.

The Australian Government provided $292,875 for the National Marine Science Centre to upgrade the tank farms at its North Coast Marine Culture and Re-Seeding Centre. The total cost of the project is almost $541,000.

The National Marine Science Centre conducts research on marine and coastal science and management practices in Australia.

This federally-funded project upgraded existing aquaculture tanks and facilities to commercial and research hatchery standards.

The upgraded tanks will assist with:

  • Conservation of marine species;
  • Small-scale hatchery production;
  • Ongoing aquaculture training; and
  • Growing previously imported and local marine species for the aquarium industry.

“The Rudd Labor Government is investing in hard infrastructure like roads, railways and ports, but it is also supporting the development of smart infrastructure,” Mr Albanese concluded.