Sunshine Coast company nets Chinese seafood project
  • Friday 09 January 2015

The two-decade relationship between Sunshine Coast and China has taken another step forward with award-winning Glenview company RADAQUA completing an aquaculture project in one of the world’s largest seafood consuming countries.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson today (Jan 9) joined RADAQUA’s Executive Director Rod Missen in Zhao’an in the Fujian Province, China, at the official opening of the marine recirculation facility.

The facility will include a FIFO contingent of Australian workers and ultimately produce up to 5000 tonnes of premium seafood each year for local consumption.

RADAQUA offers consultancy, construction and management services for both marine and freshwater applications.

Using world-best technology, the company has constructed more than 30 production systems and hatcheries in Australia and overseas and provided consultancy services to clients in the aquaculture industry and to governments, educational institutions and research facilities.

Mr Missen said RADAQUA had partnered with Quan Ying (Fujian) Technology Company Limited to build the multi-million dollar Fujian facility.

“This is an exciting project by current world standards,” Mr Missen said.

“It will see RADAQUA engineers operating a FIFO-style support team as the development flourishes.

“The business employs 10 FTE staff and this is expected to rise to 20 within 18 months. Of those, four will be directly involved with the Fujian facility.

“The facility combines industry leading technology within a biologically and financially sustainable production footprint, located in one of the greatest seafood consuming countries in the world.

“It has truly been a remarkable experience.”

Mayor Jamieson said he was honoured to attend the event as a guest of RADAQUA to represent the region and show the council’s support for this Sunshine Coast-based company.

“RADAQUA is a fine example of many Sunshine Coast-based companies which are developing leading global technologies and solutions, in line with Council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Their innovative technology will see this facility providing a two-staged marine recirculation system, predominantly for the commercial harvesting of coral trout and grouper fish.

“Today is a special moment in the long-standing relationship between the Sunshine Coast and Fujian Province in China.

“That close relationship is centred on our friendship city agreement with the Municipal Government of Xiamen.

“In the past two years, this relationship has matured into one with a greater understanding of the business and economic benefits that can be achieved through our important connections with each other.

“Today we are seeing a strong example of how that relationship can support new commercial ventures which will provide benefits for both the Fujian Province and the Sunshine Coast.”

Mayor Jamieson said he was confident this would be the start of many other similar joint ventures.

“The timing of this event could not be better as it follows the announcement in November by the President of the People’s Republic of China and the Prime Minister of Australia of their intention to finalise a new Free Trade Agreement between our two nations,” he said.

“I am sure that agreement, once it is finalised, will assist our nations greatly – and the Sunshine Coast in particular - in advancing many new commercial opportunities and open up new trade and investment markets.

“The Sunshine Coast produces many high-quality goods and services which will be covered by the terms of proposed Free Trade Agreement.”

RADAQUA is the 2014 winner of the Sunshine Coast Business Excellence Awards export category.

Mr Missen said RADAQUA was also committed to engaging Sunshine Coast businesses and contractors.

“From architectural services, through to engineering, electrical, equipment and supplies, RADAQUA will continue to increase use of local resources and expertise as much as viably possible,” Mr Missen said.