We believe that high-energy offshore farming strikes the right balance between all waterway users and communities and in order to push the limits of high-energy farming further, we are investigating the potential of farming up to 6kms off the shore of Bruny Island’s Cape Connella.
We have been granted a permit to undertake environmental monitoring at three sites in the region.
Over the next three years our intention is to monitor and research these sites to establish if there is potential for far offshore farming in the region, and what it will take in terms of technology and equipment to farm there successfully.
Broadly speaking the research project will be in three phases:
- Phase one includes deployment of remote monitoring systems for assessment of the physical, chemical and biological conditions;
- Phase two includes deployment of prototype equipment for testing such as communications equipment and reinforced fortress pens and potentially other high-energy systems;
- And phase three will see one or more sites developed to pilot-scale farming using the new technology
The map below indicates the monitoring points:
An important part of the project will be ongoing consulting with other waterway users in the area including commercial fisherman and recreational boaters and Bruny Island community.
We will keep the community updated on the progress of our Cape Connella research lease.
If you have questions about this or any of our operations, please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Ryan, Huon’s Community Engagement Advisor.
03 6239 4227