Two Hands presents Paul Harrison and Matthew Mangan to you.
Paul Harrison and Matthew Mangan are two mates who founded Infinity Blue in 2001 because they wanted to help feed the world with delicious, sustainably-produced fish. Barramundi is the ideal white flesh aquaculture species: hardy, fast growing, disease resistant, delicious, and capable of living in all ranges of salinity. Paul is a PhD marine biologist, while Matthew actually trained to become a plumber to support the business.
Paul, Matt and their team continually push the boundaries of traditional farming, with Paul working as Chief Scientist in Melbourne, and Matt overseeing the expansion of the Queensland farm.
The Werribee site where they started was identified as ideal for accessing a perfect water source at the right temperature. In this area, there is geothermally heated, pristine spring water drawn from an ancient aquifer, naturally free of any industrial or biological pollutants. They received water access rights and then drilled down to it specially for their farm. This approach also meant there are no energy and environmental costs involved with heating their pristine water supply.
GoodFish : Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide rates farmed Barramundi from Victoria as Green (Better Choice). To learn more, click here.
Barramundi aquaculture in Australia raises fish with a relatively low impact on the natural environment. This is an omnivorous species meaning they can be raised with better food conversion ratios reducing the reliance on wild-caught fish as feed to roughly equal that of fish produced. Breeding programs aim to improve growth and achieve high survival rates while minimising disease. The Infinity Blue Barramundi farm takes advantage of a natural aquifer, drawing heated water from the earth, reducing energy input requirements. As a land-based production, this farm has minimal interference with natural marine ecosystems, a reduced chance of disease transfer and ensures its wastewater is adequately treated before being discarded after use. For more information about the Infinity Blue team’s sustainability efforts, click here
The above information has been independently approved by the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
If you’d like to know more about their operation, please visit their website.