AQUACULTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Aquaculture in Australia provides varied opportunities satisfying the ever-increasing demand for fish and crayfish produce. Combined with diminishing natural populations of aquatic organisms and habitat decline, aquaculture’s prospects are compelling. However the industries future resilience will largely be governed by efficiency and sustainability. The production of commercially viable aquatic organisms in artificial habitats, achievable through various methods and strategies, depends on the unique physiology and habitat preferences of the individual species.

Attempts to culture aquatically must incorporate a sound understanding of the species in question and provision of appropriate parameters and habitat. Such organisms have become accustomed to unique ecological niches over millennia. Efficiency in aquaculture occurs where the farmed animal is stress-free, has good feed conversion ratios (minimal waste/maximum bio-mass accumulation) and fast growth. Success and sustainable production in this industry occurs where water quality is maintained at its purest with coordinated management strategies whilst minimising resource inputs. Animal health, enhanced environmental integrity and social responsibility are crucial factors, indeed requisites, for generating profitability.

Ecologically Sustainable Development is an increasingly vital dynamic for agriculture in Australia, necessary for industry advancement and to ensure that our natural environment is conserved enabling continuation of production and development. Environmental protection is progressively and justifiably demanded from authorities and society. Services provided by the biosphere and its functioning ecosystems filter and recycle our soil, water and air maintaining our life and health. Aquaculture has the potential to release various pathogens and pollutants, not only damaging our uniquely fragile environment but our social and economic way of life. Procurement of local council, state fisheries and numerous other permits and approvals regarding site and species selection is mandatory. An aquaculture venture is governed by their prerequisites, indicating options and parameters for production ensuring the facilitation of sustainability and viable development.

AusAquaTec’s philosophy is to operate knowledgeably and resourcefully to achieve perpetual sustainability and prosperous production. Aquaculture is often an expensive business with high demands; therefore getting it right from the start is imperative. Ancillary ventures are often viable for expansion and diversification, including hydroponics, horticulture and agroforestry. Success and sustainability in aquaculture occur with appropriate: land and abundant quality water; feasibility analysis and evaluation; compliance with regulatory authorities; production, contingency and marketing management plans; resource synergism and integration; accurate acquisitions and facility construction; data monitoring, recording and analysis; and excellent husbandry and water quality management skills. AusAquaTec can assist with the entire process or any part of.

AusAquaTec will provide a free preliminary assessment and quote (exclusive travel costs if required) to those considering investing in aquaculture. AusAquaTec’s manager has science qualifications (BSc., Assoc.Dip.) in conservation technology, natural resource management and ecological agriculture, two years at the National Fishing Industry Education Centre, and experience in consultancy, environmental service (industrial filtration and emergency response), geographic information systems, marketing/sales, farming, horticulture, hydroponics, technician/manager of various native fish farms. AusAquaTec has a mobile analytical laboratory, specialised live fish transport (1 to 150kg of stock) service and emergency response service. Furthermore AusAquaTec is associated with highly qualified individuals able to comprehensively assist.

We establish land-based aquaculture ventures that are cost effective and efficient to operate, while confirming to site and owner considerations and the principles of the Federal governments Ecologically Sustainable Development initiative. If unsure or want to learn more about aquaculture the best advice AusAquaTec can provide is to simply experiment on a small scale. Australian aquaculture can be a world industry leader for creating prosperous sustainable production and profitable advancement. An exceptional example is the aquaculture venture displayed below for sale promoted by AusAquaTec.

We are committed to research for the development of aquatic farming techniques and enhancement of our natural resources. Our main goals are to redefine sustainability through efficient water recirculation utilising advanced filtration and effective water re-use, management and energy effectiveness, and environmental protection incorporating water minimisation. We believe that aquaculture should not only replace consumption of natural wild caught catches, but to rehabilitate and renew and enhance our natural environment. Aquaculture may be the first industry to provide a sustainable and regenerative future.

AusAquaTec is part of a rapidly expanding agricultural industry providing many benefits to our country. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms, mainly fish and crayfish, in artificial habitats. These habitats predominantly include purpose built earthen ponds and indoor recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). It is the recirculation culture system able to filtrate and recycle most of our limited water.  

Aquaculture will benefit biodiversity by replacing wild catches and assist in maintaining the integrity of all life and natural environment ecosystems. Aquaculture is not known for its water use efficiency, often using far less water then other agricultural industries such as dairy and rice production, and boasting one of the highest profit margins for equivalent water usage then other agricultural sectors.  Aquaculture can effectively integrate with many other agricultural ventures often requiring no extra water allocation and usually providing a fertiliser resource.