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.
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.