World Aquaculture 2023

May 29 - June 1, 2023

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia


Geoff L. Allan*, D. Stewart Fielder


NSW Department of Primary Industries, Taylors Beach NSW 2316 AUSTRALIA.


The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) are supporting a project on inland saline aquaculture (ISA). The project aims to collate existing documents and publications over the last twenty years, to examine commercial developments and impacts from previous research, to identify new opportunities, and to recommend ways these opportunities might be further explored and captured.

The Inland Saline Aquaculture (ISA) Session includes invited and unsolicited contributions that will summarise developments, key learnings from success stories, current trends and directions and identify challenges and priorities.

Keynote speakers for the Session will include Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons (Arizona University) and Dr Tincy Varghese (CIFE, India). Australian expert speakers include Dr Stewart Fielder NSW DPI), Dr Brett Ingram (VFA), Dr Gavin Partridge (Harvest Road, WA) and xxx from SA. Particular attention will be paid to why commercial ISA didn’t develop in Australia, as expected in the early 2000s. Attempts at commercial ventures failed to thrive and, if we are to avoid this in the future, we need to know why.

The Session will conclude with a one-hour panel session which will solicit expert knowledge from the invited panel and the audience.  The panel members will include keynote and invited Australian experts. A series of open-ended questions will be posed, including:

  1. What characterises successful ISA?
  2. Are there some fundamentals that are important for commercial potential?
  3. What did previous R&D miss?
  4. What has prevented ISA ventures from thriving?
  5. Is there still potential for ISA in Australia?
  6. If so, where and for what species?
  7. What can be done to limit future failure of ISA?