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Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC)

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Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The Centre occupies 13 ha at Woorim on the surf side of Bribie Island. It plays a significant role in technological development and extension to the aquaculture industry in tropical and subtropical Queensland, as well as fisheries management and aquatic ecological research.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Fish and crustacean husbandry
  • Bioremediation of aquaculture waste water
  • Management of biofouling and harmful algae in ponds
  • Energy efficiency of pond aeration
  • Fisheries stock assessment and monitoring
  • Inland fisheries habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Crustacean fertility research

Facilities and major equipment

  • Seawater supply, filtration and aeration systems
  • Freshwater and seawater recirculating systems
  • Energy efficient water heating and chilling systems
  • Four 3.2ML ponds and four 300KL ponds
  • Fish, molluscan and crustacean hatchery facilities
  • Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Controlled environment and wet laboratories
  • Algal culture and feed preparation laboratories
  • Pond-scale bio-remediation filtration systems
  • Advanced building management and monitoring system

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


144 North Street, , Woorim Qld, 4507

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Agency

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Last updated:
19 June 2019