“They appear like vertical underwater vineyards,” Mr Gordon mentioned. “The rationale we’re allowed to develop shellfish as a result of there isn’t any feed inputs for the mussels.”
Overfishing has diminished wild fish shares and the ever-increasing world inhabitants and demand for protein is predicted to elevated demand for farmed seafood.
The Meals and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations forecast this year that aquaculture would proceed its regular progress to extend manufacturing by 32 per cent within the subsequent decade.
Mr Gordon is hoping to develop the Australian market with a contemporary providing into main shopper markets.
He mentioned till now Australia’s mussel farms have been situated close to Melbourne and in South Australia or Tasmania, which creates a day or two of transport time into NSW and Queensland and lopping a giant chunk off the six-day shelf lifetime of stay vacuum packed shellfish.
“We are able to develop a mussel, harvest each weekday and have it delivered into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane which is exclusive and means the problem of shelf life will not be a difficulty,” Mr Gordon mentioned.
“About 70 per cent of Australia’s seafood, whether or not we prefer it or not, is bought via the main retailers: the supermarkets.
“Supermarkets need to promote it with two days shelf life nonetheless on the product, so nearly instantly they need to put a reduction sticker on it and their gross sales are horrible in consequence.”
Child mussels, or spat, are farmed in Eden on the far south coast of NSW and seeded onto ropes on the leases in Jervis Bay. The corporate kicked off its harvest this yr with a eight tonne haul, which can enhance to 50 million tonnes per week inside a number of years.
Australian Marine Conservation Society sustainable seafood program supervisor Adrian Meder mentioned mussel and shellfish farming has “some nice advantages”.
“They usually reap the benefits of vitamins that run off the land and may doubtlessly alleviate some unfavorable impacts like algal blooms that may trigger fish kills,” Mr Meder mentioned. “We contemplate them one of many lowest influence meals for seafood lovers.”
“Shellfish farming depends on water high quality. The trade can get shut down if sewerage or one thing else runs into the ocean, so the farmers are usually actually good stewards and scale back air pollution into the atmosphere which is their lifeblood.”
South Coast Mariculture’s $1.5 million harvest vessel makes use of biodegradable oil to energy hydraulics and jet engines, as a substitute of propellers, to keep away from accidents to marine mammals like dolphins which are interested in transferring boats.
The corporate is contemplating increasing the manufacturing enterprise into ecotourism.
Operations supervisor Hika Rountree mentioned dolphins are interested in the baitfish which congregate round mussel leases, and a tour boat expertise could possibly be mixed with underwater cameras or perhaps a submarine viewing platform.
“Underneath the water mussels are totally different animals. As soon as they’re out of the water they shut their mouths, however beneath they’re feeding and there is a number of life round them,” Mr Rountree mentioned.
Mike is the local weather and power correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.