The Aquaculture Association of Queensland

The Aquaculture Association of Queensland Inc, (AAQ) is the representative body for producers of freshwater finfish and crayfish. Its members include hatcheries providing fingerlings and fry, growers of table fish and ornamental fish. Members operate under food safety, environmental, and hatchery codes of practice

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About AAQ

Australia, especially Queensland, is well placed to take advantage of freshwater finfish aquaculture.

Species produced and grown by its members include, Barramundi, Bass (Australian), Golden perch, Jade perch, Silver perch, Mullet, Murray cod, Sleepy cod, Eels, Australian native and exotic aquarium fish and freshwater crayfish.

Table fish grown by AAQ’s members include exciting new species to the world market, such as, golden perch, sleepy cod, honey perch, (sooty grunter) and Murray cod. Silver perch and Jade perch produced by members already have a firm market footing in Asia.

Ornamental producers provide exotic aquarium fish and an extensive list of exclusive Australian native fish, which are ideal aquarium fish, such as Saratoga and Australian rainbows.

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The AAQ has two membership classes.

  1. Full members: These are members that hold an aquaculture licence, or Development Approval, or Self Assessable They are considered commercial operations. If you fit into this category, you must join as a “full member.”
  2. Associate member: If you do not fit into the category of a full member, but would still like to be a member of the AAQ so you can receive the newsletter and attend conferences and workshops, and other benefits of AAQ membership, you can apply to join as an “associate “

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This plan has been sponsored by the Aquaculture Association of Queensland Inc (AAQ) for numerous reasons including:

  • Queensland’s production is expected to expand rapidly this year (About 55 tonnes of silver and jade perch were produced in 2000-01 and sold mainly to the domestic live market. NSW produced about 230 tonnes).
  • Several large production units using new technologies could begin operations during the next few years.
  • Prices on the domestic market have declined significantly in recent
  • To clarify and increase understanding of the roles of individual businesses, industry bodies and government in the industry’s
  • To facilitate prioritisation of industry level activities and interaction with government agencies.

The Queensland freshwater finfish aquaculture industry through a technical advisory group has formulated this Code of Practice in recognition of the industry’s need to become recognised as an environmentally responsible and sustainable industry and to assist industry members define standards of performance.

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Over 25 years of Industry experience.

The association works closely with govermnent and is represented on all industry/government bodies. The association is a member of the Queensland Aquaculture Industries Federation Inc. This body represents the aquaculture industry at many levels of government.

The AAQ represents the following bodies

Queensland Aquaculture Industries Federation

Freshwater Ministerial Advisory Committee

Stocked lmpoundment Permit Scheme Sub-committee

Translocation Sub-committee

Aquatic Animal Chemical Residues and Chemical Use Working Group

Dept of State Development & Innovation Aquaculture Reference Group

Pond Construction Technical Advisory Committee

Product Promotion

The AAQ represents its members at trade shows. Members gain exposure to potential markets in Australian and overseas through this initiative. 

The association also works with Government departments to develop promotional materials, such as pamphlets, posters, and recipe cards. These are made available to members. With the assistance of QDPI Fisheries Services we have held a number of field days and booths at agricultural field days. This allows licensed members and the sponsors of the AAQ to display their products with little or no cost.

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AAQ Membership Options


Feel free to browse our website and make use of the wealth of information available free of charge. With over 25 years of industry experience, the AAQ can help you grow in the pursuit of operating a profitable Aquaculture business.

Full Member ($75)

Full membership is open to those who hold an aquaculture license or development approval. These members are considered commercial operators within the industry (grow out or hatcheries).

Associate ($50)

Associate membership is open to those who do not meet the requirements of full membership but actively support or have an interest in the industry. You receive the association newsletter and have the opportunity to attend workshops/conferences etc.

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