The Bribie Island Research Centre
The Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC) was one of the first dedicated multi-functional aquaculture research facilities to be built in Australia. Commercial scale production facilities enable research teams to conduct research that can have direct, industry-wide application. The 15 ha centre plays a significant role in technological development and extension to the aquaculture industry in tropical and subtropical Queensland.
- conduct research and development into areas of significance to aquaculture in Queensland
- liaise with other government agencies on sustainable aquaculture in Queensland
- encourage development of local support industries to aquaculture
- provide information on new and existing technologies to prospective aquaculturists
- conduct contract research and consultancies for industry
- advise government and regulatory authorities on aquaculture
- specialist PC2 certified biotechnology laboratory, with capacity to carry out a range of molecular techniques
- controlled environment and wet laboratories
- extensive good quality seawater supply, and filtration and aeration systems
- commercial size nursery and growout ponds
- variety of tanks (from 40 tonnes to 100 litres) for holding and carrying out replicated experiments on live marine organisms
- wide range of scientific equipment for carrying out biological research
- offices, workshop and boatshed.
- studies on prawn nutrition and maturation
- development of techniques for live transport of kuruma prawns
- genetic improvement of prawns
- assessment of the potential for eel aquaculture in Queensland
- larval rearing of snapper
- fin fish production aimed at restocking the Maroochy River.
Street address: 144 North Street, Woorim Queensland 4507
Postal address: PO Box 2066, Woorim Queensland 4507
Phone: +61 7 3471 0900