There could soon be a new abalone hatchery in Esperance with Ocean Grown Abalone receiving principal approval for a commercial land agreement.
Shire councilors voted in favour of entering into a commercial land transaction with OGA for an onshore abalone hatchery and grow out facility.
The company selected Esperance as one of the most suitable locations with the key attributes required for a hatchery after a state wide search.
Managing Director Brad Adams says they still need to get past Community Consultation and approvals but the case is looking good and both the shire and the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commision have been supportive of the project.
The hatchery will be developed to grow greenlip abalone up to 100mm for export, and is expected to create 40-60 jobs in its first stage, and potentially more, with enough land to operate a 600 tonnes-a-year hatchery in the future.