Australis pioneered the use of close-containment (land-based) farming and in 2007 we brought our unique approach to the pristine waters of Central Vietnam. Our Vietnam farm is the world’s first and only ocean-based aquaculture facility to receive Monterrey Bay Aquariums "Best Choice" rating for sustainability. We hatch and nurse our fish in land-based tanks and complete the grow-out process in modern sea cages. The bay in which we operate is unspoiled and the water is as clean as it is blue. There is a long history of small scale aquaculture (mostly family lobster farms), and the area is designated an eco-tourism zone.
Use of tanks allows us to stock larger fish, eliminating the need for chemicals such as anti-foulants and minimizes the need for net changes which can result in fish escape.
Over the years, fish farming has gotten a bad rap and some of it is deserved. But the folks on the cutting edge of taming fish - people like Josh Goldman of Australis Aquaculture who grows barramundi - those people have as great, if not a greater concern about sustainability than anyone in the organic food movement.
-Paul Greenberg, New York Times journalist, author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food