It is timely for AHA to take opportunities to meet and visit with aquatic farms to gain understanding of their operations, engage with the people and hear about their challenges.
In September, Sam and Helen ventured to far north Queensland to meet with some people working in the industry.
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture
The first visit was with Jordan, General Manager of the Mossman farm (top image) and were viewing prawns around the 60 day old mark. Currently, this is the northern most prawn farm in Australia and recently doubled in size with new ponds about to be filled over the coming month and further expansions planned for the future.
Biosecurity was strongly in place, with signs strategically placed around water intake areas warning fishers not to use seafood for human consumption as bait.
Daintree Salt Water Barramundi Fish Farms / Hook A Barra
The next farm was located in the Daintree area, and was with Mark Hober, Farm Manager. We are thankful for the time Mark took out of his busy schedule of harvesting to talk to us about the challenges of expansion and farming in a remote part of far north Queensland. In a rare treat, we were able to see barramundi being harvested whilst there (bottom image), the pristine farm, ponds and methods used - it's easy to see why there's never complaints about the quality of fish he sells!
Mark displayed a lot of passion for his farm and the fish he grows. Passing tourists can pay to come and have a fish for barramundi which is a catch and release system.
"My biggest possible threat would be through my water intake channels and that transmission of pathogens from imported product used as bait," Said Mr Hober.