Landbased aquaculture

There are approximately 112 landbased aquaculture licences in South Australia.

The major species include:

  • Barramundi
  • Murray Cod
  • Rainbow and Brown Trout
  • Yabbies
  • Marron
  • algae.

Landbased aquaculture uses the following systems to produce stock:

  • pond culture
  • recirculating aquaculture systems
  • flow-through systems

Production and value

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions collects data on production returns of landbased aquaculture licence holders. This is required by the Aquaculture Regulations 2016.

Annual economic impact reports are written using the data collected.

Industry innovation

Saline groundwater

Landowners are investigating if they can use rising saline groundwater to farm aquatic organisms. Trials growing snapper and mulloway have been successful, and interest is expanding.


South Australian researchers are investigating if biofuels can be made from microalgae. Aquaculture is being used to grow microalgae for the research.

Biofuels made from microalgae could provide an alternative to petroleum-derived fuel for the aviation and vehicle industries.

Page Last Reviewed: 11 Aug 2017
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