Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts) and Petuna Aquaculture have agreed to jointly assess the suitability of the Port of Stanley as a land base to support future salmon farming operations in Tasmania’s North West.

Petuna has been granted a permit by the Tasmanian Government to undertake environmental monitoring of off-shore areas in the North West to determine the area’s suitability for aquaculture.

Over the next 12 months, TasPorts and Petuna will jointly assess the potential for future development and investment at the port site, which they say is indicative of the range of benefits that could flow to the area from salmon farming.

TasPorts, which manages and operates the Port of Stanley, is committed to monitoring the effect of the new business activity on the operations of the port.

TasPorts Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Donald, said the Port of Stanley was ideally located to support any future aquaculture operations.

“TasPorts is always open to new ideas and business opportunities that provide benefits to the state and we are pleased to support a Tasmanian company that is exploring development opportunities in the region,” he said.

Petuna CEO Ruben Alvarez said if the company’s feasibility study into fish farming in the area proved positive, and the project had the support of the local community including both commercial and recreational fishers, the development would bring significant benefits to both the port and the community.