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​Dr Michel Bermudes started with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development earlier this month as the new Principal Research Scientist focused on developing the shellfish industry in Western Australia.

Thursday 29 August 2019

Shellfish industry development focus for new Principal Research Scientist

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has appointed a new Principal Research Scientist who will focus on supporting the development of the shellfish aquaculture industry in Western Australia.
Dr Michel Bermudes commenced earlier this month and brings a wealth of research and commercial experience to the department’s aquaculture team.

Dr Bermudes moved from Tasmania 15 year ago to work for the former Fisheries Department based at Hillarys, and has returned to the Hillarys office in his new role.
His first role at Hillarys was in barramundi nutrition research. He also spent some time working with the Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative on the export of live rock lobster.

Dr Bermudes later moved back to Tasmania where he commenced working in the shellfish industry, going on to manage the largest pacific oyster hatchery in Australia, making, a reputation nationally and internationally.

He then decided to take his research and commercial expertise overseas to New Caledonia to work for the Pacific Community, an organisation providing technical support and advice to Pacific countries on fishery and aquaculture issues.

“This was an exciting opportunity to work in a challenging environment using my expertise and knowledge of the shellfish industry to help Pacific island countries establish aquaculture activities for food security and livelihood,” Dr Bermudes said.

Dr Bermudes said he was looking forward to the mix of research and commercial work he would be undertaking as part of his new role with the department.

“Working with industry has always been a keen interest, so coming to the department to assist in the development of an emerging shellfish sector in Western Australia’s industry is a great opportunity.

“I am looking forward to working with the aquaculture research team, industry groups, farmers and commercial operators to help the industry grow.”

Department Aquaculture and Research director Greg Jenkins said he was pleased to welcome Michel on board, and the expertise he brought to the role was invaluable.

“These are exciting times for aquaculture in WA, and there are many opportunities for Government to help establish commercial aquaculture industries, such as shellfish, as a major contributor to the State’s economy,” Mr Jenkins said.

Media contact:
Jodie Thomson/Katrina Bowers, media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937

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