Harvest Boulevard, owned by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest, has quit the Aquaculture Council of WA (ACWA) and reportedly poached the council’s executive officer.
- Shellfish producer Harvest Boulevard has left the Aquaculture Council of WA
- ACWA is the industry body representing West Australian fish and shellfish farmers
- ACWA’s leadership is in flux with conflicting views about the resignation and subsequent hiring of its executive officer by Harvest Boulevard
The company, which withdrew its membership on Thursday remaining week, holds over 300 hectares of aquaculture leases across WA around Carnarvon, Backyard Island, and Albany producing mussels and oysters.
Steven Davies, who is stepping down as duration in-between chair of ACWA, said Harvest Boulevard’s withdrawal came as a motion was once delivered to dissolve ACWA and change it with an unfunded representative body.
“This are attempting was once voted down, unanimously, by the ACWA board [yesterday],” he said.
It was once no longer specified who brought the motion or why Harvest Boulevard left the organisation.
“[Harvest Road] are no longer the supreme player in aquaculture in WA by any stretch,” ACWA director Brad Adams said.
ACWA is an industry community member of the WA Fishing Alternate Council (WAFIC) representing fish and shellfish farmers in Western Australia, including members important smaller in scale than Harvest Boulevard.
Conflicting stories of resignation
Mr Davies and Mr Adams confirmed that the day gone by the ACWA board bought the resignation of executive officer Jude Tyzack and voted down a motion to dissolve the organisation.
ACWA is additionally seeking a brand unusual neutral chairperson to interchange Mr Davies, who will live on the board.
“We recognise the need for an neutral chair. We will be seeking all over the put to gain a true chair to comprise that feature [and] for an executive officer,” Mr Adams said.
But Ms Tyzack, who grew to alter into the manager officer of ACWA in February, denies resigning her mumble this week.
She has declined requests for a beefy interview.
ACWA chair Steven Davies said “ACWA thanks Ms Tyzack for her products and companies and desires her each success with her future endeavours”.
Ms Tyzack’s title and be in contact to number were removed from the ACWA web page and modified by Mr Davies’.
Producer quiet on reasons for withdrawal
Harvest Boulevard has declined to reveal on its withdrawal from ACWA or its relationship with Ms Tyzack.
“Our EO well-liked a feature at HRG,” Mr Davies said, referring to Ms Tyzack and Harvest Boulevard.
Harvest Boulevard is owned by Tattarang, an funding automobile for Mr Forrest — each so continually known by the nickname “Twiggy” — and his household.
Mr Forrest additionally owns an 18.51 per cent stake in Huon Aquaculture, known for its Tasmanian salmon, with additional lease holdings around Australia including a 2,200-hectare aquaculture lease strategy Geraldton.
This month, a market-led proposal for Harvest Boulevard to undertake land-essentially essentially based finfish aquaculture in WA’s Mid West was once evolved by the WA Division of Finance.
Quickly after, a neighborhood household-owned finfish aquaculture producer decided to cull their broodstock, shut their commerce and depart ACWA.
On Tuesday, City of Albany council licensed an utility for the 2nd stage of a proposed Aquaculture Facility at Emu Point on behalf of Harvest Boulevard.
‘A proper future for aquaculture’
Mr Davies and Mr Adams maintained that even without Harvest Boulevard, ACWA had a proper mandate to symbolize the WA aquaculture industry.
“ACWA signed a brand unusual funding settlement with WAFIC which confirms the energy of our collaborative relationship and may maybe smooth allow us the funds to renumerate, by job of a important elevated stipend, an Self sustaining Chair,” Mr Davies said.
“It’s gargantuan for industry, beefy discontinue.”
A spokesperson for WA Fisheries Minister Don Punch declined to weigh in, saying “in the kill, these are matters for industry”.
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