01 Nov Dive into Aquaculture Gladstone: A Fish-Tastic Adventure!
Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) has recently launched their new Aquaculture Gladstone Interpretive Display, which is complete with a live fish exhibit. Aquaculture Gladstone is a $12 million multi species, purpose built fish hatchery located at Lake Awoonga, approximately 30 kilometres from Gladstone in Central Queensland.
The new interpretive display creates an accessible experience for visitors to learn about the different fish species being bred at the Aquaculture Gladstone fish hatchery, the aquaculture industry more broadly, biosecurity and biological pest species.
GAWB Chief Executive Officer, Darren Barlow has shared his insights on the recent unveiling.
“Our team has been working hard on plans to drive the future growth and development of Queensland’s aquaculture industry through tourism, education, research and development,” said Mr Barlow.
“Aquaculture Gladstone is currently one of the most significant fish breeding and stocking programs in Queensland and we hope this new interpretive display will transform the facility into a premier visitor attraction as well.”
Minister for Water and Regional Development and Manufacturing Glenn Butcher, has also shared his thoughts on the new attraction.
“Lake Awoonga is synonymous with great Barramundi fishing, so it’s fitting that we are celebrating the opening of this new facility on the same day as National Barramundi Day,” said Mr Butcher.
“Aquaculture Gladstone is accelerating the future development and expansion of Central Queensland’s growing aquaculture sector and it’s fantastic to see the facility officially open to the general public.”
Aquaculture Gladstone have recently welcomed the incredibly rare, golden Barramundi into the fish hatchery, a fish which is extremely rare in the wild and the chance of one being born is one in ten million. This must see Aquaculture Gladstone interpretive display is now accepting bookings for tours in 2024. The display area will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and noon, commencing from the start of this month.
To book or to find out more information, head to https://www.gawb.qld.gov.au/