Sunshine Coast company RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are successfully farming fish in the desert to address food security concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The two companies began work in May 2015 when RADAQUA was contracted to design, construct and manage a 120-tonne proof-of-concept grouper production facility.

Visiting the farm during her recent Middle East trade mission, Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said the UAE currently imports around 90% of its food needs, giving the farm great potential.

‘Water scarcity and climate change have been identified as major hurdles to food security throughout the world, but particularly in the UAE,’ the Premier said.

‘Queensland has outstanding capability and technology in the food and agriculture sectors and today we celebrate a Queensland company, RADAQUA, exporting its aquaculture expertise to the world.’

RADAQUA specialises in recirculating aquaculture systems that provide a bio-secure production environment in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

First delivering the proof-of-concept grouper facility, RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are now expanding their site at Al Wathba to achieve a six-fold increase in its output in the years ahead.

Construction work will also start on a proof-of-concept prawn production facility in early 2020.

Running pilot projects in this way builds confidence with investors and government according to Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East Donna Massie.

‘Once that confidence, respect and trust is established, then you can talk about investment, commercialisation and expanding further in the region,’ Ms Massie said.

TIQ has been delighted to work with RADAQUA.

‘They have had exactly the right approach to market and are now beautifully positioned to expand even further in the region,’ she said.

Buderim-based RADAQUA began exporting its services internationally in 2014, securing contracts in China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.