The Company One is the culmination of 18 years of dedicated research under the guidance of Dr. Richard Knuckey. By combining the right species with novel feeds and innovative practices, The Company One is able to produce spectacular and sustainable products coupled with outstanding environmental performance in a scalable model.
We at The Company One acknowledge the importance of maintaining the health of our operating environment. Accordingly, we regularly undertake independent NATA accredited water quality testing of discharge water to confirm that our operations have a minimal impact on our surrounding ecosystem. With commercial production of Grouper currently in its infancy, The Company One is strongly committed to delivering the substantial growth of this industry in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Key elements of our sustainable aquaculture practices include:
Ideal Feed Conversion Ratio - Our juvenile and adult grouper are fed a semi-floating pellet that increases in size as fish size increases. Feeding is performed under close supervision to ensure that no feed is wasted to achieve both environmental best practice and optimum feed conversion ratios (FCR = kilograms of feed per 1 kilogram of fish produced).
Sustainable Feed - The feed on which we grow our Grouper is specially formulated and consists of fishmeal, fish oil, cereals, vitamins, minerals and binders. The fishmeal and fish oil components are currently derived from strictly managed internationally recognised sustainable marine resources. Feed is supplied by a leading Australian owned company that operates feed mills in New South Wales and Queensland. The feed company’s research and development division in conjunction with the Australian aquaculture industry and Australia’s Commonwealth science body CSIRO, continues to focus on ways to replace fishmeal and fish oil with more sustainable proteins such as lupins, soybean or wheat as well as plant oils. The Company One is committed to working proactively to optimise diet formulations that reduce dependence on marine resources.
Clean Salt Waters, Minimal Pollution and Habitat Effects - Strict controls are in place to ensure a high level of water quality and biosecurity are achieved, underpinned by close management of production stocking densities and feed rates. Ponds are aerated mechanically with both paddle wheels and aspirators. In addition, water exchanges are carried out regularly in line with the parameters specified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Addressing Disease, Predators and Escape - While the risk of disease is a constant, maintaining a low stress growth environment for our fish provides them with their best opportunity to naturally combat a disease. This is achieved through regular pond maintenance, appropriate stocking density, ensuring high water quality and the use of a diet that boosts their immune system. We also work collaboratively with university research teams to develop new and effective treatments for specific diseases. While the occasional saltwater crocodile is our biggest predator, water birds are a greater threat and we minimise the impact to fish and birds through the use of lidded cages for the fish. The use of cages within land-based ponds also means that the risk of accidental loss of fish to the environment is greatly reduced and this risk is further reduced because our perimeter pond boundary walls are above the 100 year flood level.