Glenview-based technology company RADAQUA last week turned the first sod on a new building site at Zhao’an, some 200 kilometres from Xiamen in Fujian Province in China.
RADAQUA has developed a best-practice fish harvesting process which has the potential to supply a huge market in that seafood-loving nation. When complete, this multi-million dollar development will see RADAQUA engineers operating a FIFO-style support team as the Zhao’an development flourishes.
Sunshine Coast Council is also working with RADAQUA in a bid to expand the technology to a larger site in Xiamen itself.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said RADAQUA’s entry into the Chinese market was a big step forward.
“RADAQUA’s operations well-reflect the vision we have for the Sunshine Coast under the new Regional Economic Development Strategy,” he said.
“The company embodies the innovative, high-quality industry which has a natural base here on the Coast, and is making in-roads to one of our principal targeted overseas markets.
“We have been knocking on China’s door through our visits, receiving delegations and more for just this kind of development – now that work is showing the beginnings of bearing fruit.”
Cr Jenny McKay, who attended the ground-breaking event while on holidays in China, said RADAQUA’s achievement was a great milestone.
“RADAQUA’s technology will revolutionise fish farming here in China,” she said.
“I know the company’s success will position it very well for further expansion into Xiamen – and from there, potentially across the nation.”
RADAQUA Managing Director Rod Missen said a long journey was finally paying off for the company.
“The ultimate investment in China, through a staged development, will see an annual production of 5000 tonnes of Marine finfish, within a 16.6 hectare bio-secure site, with all nutrient and energy streams being fully utilised,” he said.
“Pristine, premium product delivered through an industry-leading production system will deliver the core outcomes of product quality, environment sustainability and economic viability of operations.”