An innovative business strategy to raise native fish for market is a finalist in Queensland’s top environment awards.
Environment Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr today announced South East Queensland Fish was one of three finalists in the Rural Sustainability category of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Industries Awards.
Ms Nelson-Carr said the company’s Beenleigh facility, south of Brisbane, had developed an environmentally efficient, pond-based production centre to supply fingerling-sized Australian native freshwater fish to the aquaculture and aquarium markets.
"By focusing on fingerlings, the facility uses 60 percent less electricity, 90 percent less feed and 30 percent less labour. The fish also take less time to get to market."
Ms Nelson-Carr said the EPA Sustainable Industries Awards put the spotlight on eco-efficient, sustainable practices adopted by industry and businesses throughout Queensland.
"This is a good example of an innovative business strategy to make an aquaculture operation work within tight environmental constraints.
"Reduced environmental impact has also been recognised by reduced per unit operating costs."
South East Queensland Fish’s managing director Dr Philip Chamberlain said he was delighted that the company’s work had been recognised.
"We set out to create capacity for growth without increasing environmental pressure and thus be able to capitalise on diverse and secure markets," he said
The Rural Sustainability Award, sponsored by Australian County Choice and Coles, is awarded to an organisation for innovation in sustainable agribusiness and sustainable use of Queensland’s natural capital.
The other finalists in this category are Golden Circle and Mackay Canegrowers.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane on Monday, May 21.
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