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. We hatch and nurse our fish in land-based recirculating 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.
Dan Fisk oversees our Vietnam operations, ensuring our fish are healthy and sustainably produced.
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