Mackay aquaculture development area

Read the Mackay aquaculture development area (ADA) overview. This location is suitable for Queensland northern fish species and prawns.

Location snapshot


  • Bloomsbury

Local government

  • Mackay

ADA size

  • 2,126ha on 3 land parcels

Water access

  • Potential 2 creek access (Dempster, Hervey Creeks) for intake/discharge

Examples of potential aquaculture species

  • Marine prawns (black tiger and banana prawns)
  • Barramundi
  • Marine finfish (e.g. tropical groper and cod, cobia, threadfin, snapper, mullet species)

Further information

  • Approximately 70km north of Mackay CBD; 40km south of Proserpine (70km north of Mackay airport; 30km south of Whitsunday Coast airport).
  • Near Bruce Highway (major highway) and North Coast railway line.
  • Seawater access possibly in Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park general use and habitat protection zones (preference for minimal aquaculture structures in habitat protection zones).
  • Seawater access possible in the Dempster, Hervey Creeks (fish habitat area—management B area).
  • Water supply may be periodic due to high tidal range in the region.
  • Sections of matters of state environmental significance along the coast and creeks (category B— remnant vegetation).
  • Site located within coastal management district—any coastal hazard risks may need to be mitigated.

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