Identify suitable site for oyster farming.
Assess optimal growing conditions and methods.
Address cyclone risk.
Ensure food safety for human consumption.
The Tropical Rock Oyster Research and Development trial in the Pilbara was established in 2017 and was the first step towards developing a new aquaculture industry to diversify and grow the local economy and create new jobs.
Working together with government, industry and Traditional Owners, we set up a trial oyster farm at Flying Foam Passage alongside our existing pearling lease and managed the grow-out of more than 120,000 oysters.
The encouraging results achieved through this project, along with the significant positive stakeholder support, have provided Maxima with confidence to develop and extend the research. A new three-year research and development project expanding across six sites in the Pilbara bolstered by additional government and industry funding is now underway. Read more about the trial expansion.