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Pacific Reef Fisheries

Pacific Reef Fisheries case study

A case study that shows how innovation makes aquaculture more efficient and environment friendly.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park provides a stunning backdrop to the Mitris family’s fish farm in North Queensland. It is also the source of the crystal-clear water they use to produce 1,000 tonnes of top-grade seafood every year.

To help preserve this ecological treasure, Nick Mitris, his daughter Maria and their team go to great lengths to make sure the water they release back into the environment is just as clean as what they took out.

In collaboration with MBD Energy and James Cook University the company is developing a water purification system that uses seaweed to extract the nutrients that have built up in the fish ponds.

New product

The fast-growing seaweed thrives on these nutrients, returns the water to its original condition and, once the process is complete, gives the company a whole new product line.

The market for seaweed is growing and with up to 150 tonnes produced in their ponds every week, the Mitris plan to make the most of their windfall.

“We’re focused on getting the system fully operational first, but it’s exciting to have a secondary product we can market,” Maria says. 

Things you should know: This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. Agri Insights canvasses 1,600 Australian farmers about their intentions for their farm enterprise over the coming 12 months. In our seventh survey, we also asked farmers about which areas of their operations presented opportunity for future innovation, and what they would do to enable innovation in their farm businesses. We spoke to a representative sample of rural producers across Australia. Fieldwork was executed by Fairfax Agricultural Research and Marketing using its database of more than 100,000 rural producers, and the research was managed by Kynetec. Calls were conducted in January and February 2017. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL and Australian credit licence 234945.