Percebes & Golden Kelp Research: 2015 to Present 

Percebes (Gooseneck Sea Barnacles) are a natural sustainable source of food

Percebes (Gooseneck Sea Barnacles) are a natural sustainable source of food

Juvenile Percebes growing on a bucket 

Juvenile Percebes growing on a bucket 

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Golden Kelp is a native type of seaweed found in the nutrient rich waters of Southern Australia.

Golden Kelp is a native type of seaweed found in the nutrient rich waters of Southern Australia.

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Percebes grow on both natural and or manmade objects

Percebes grow on both natural and or manmade objects

Juvenile Percebes growing on a Cuttlefish (Cephalopoda) cuttlebone. 

Juvenile Percebes growing on a Cuttlefish (Cephalopoda) cuttlebone. 

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As stated by   Cahill, P. (2016)  , '...Interest in seaweed has been peaking in recent years, both because of its nutritional value -- it is packed with vitamins A, B and C, as well as iron and protein -- and its minimal environmental footprint: It requires no fertilisers and in fact helps clean seawater by absorbing  nutrient pollution  from wastewater treatment facilities and runoff from farms and urban areas'.

As stated by Cahill, P. (2016), '...Interest in seaweed has been peaking in recent years, both because of its nutritional value -- it is packed with vitamins A, B and C, as well as iron and protein -- and its minimal environmental footprint: It requires no fertilisers and in fact helps clean seawater by absorbing nutrient pollution from wastewater treatment facilities and runoff from farms and urban areas'.

 

‘A 2016 report from the World Bank estimates that the annual global seaweed production could reach 500m dry tons by 2050 if the market is able to increase its harvest 14% per year. Hitting that 500m mark would boost the world’s food supply by 10% from the current level, create 50 million direct jobs in the process and, as a biofuel, replace about 1.5% of the fossil fuels used to run vehicles'.

 
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Top Cat Purchase and Refit: 2016 - 2017

Top Cat is a 11M Catamaran. Previously worked as a vessel for the mining industry in Karratha, Western Australia, in 2017 she was purchased by Aquautopia Pty Ltd. and sailed to Darwin in the Northern Territeries, then trucked to Manly, Brisbane in Queensland.  

Since arriving to Brisbane, she underwent major renovation and notably has been fitted with long range fuel tanks, new navigational equipment, a 'Head', cabin was totally refitted and new navigational lights installed. Since then she has twice made the return 2000-mile voyage from Brisbane to Flinders Island, including multiple 'Bass Straight' crossings to pick up and ferry procured farm equipment’s from mainland Tasmania.  

Deck and hull sanded

Deck and hull sanded

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Windows replaced

Windows replaced

Complete cabin refit

Complete cabin refit

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2017 - Flinders Island Identified as Operational site

Flinders Island is part of the  Furneaux Group (indigenous name: Tayaritja), which is a group of approximately 100 islands located at the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Aquatopia’s aquaculture farm is sited at Roydon Island (NW side of Flinders Island). The hatchery & administration areas are sited at Lady Barron (Southern end of Flinders Island).

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Photograph & below statement courtesy of Flinders Island Member collection

 

'...When you set foot on Flinders Island you step into an awe-inspiring world of sparkling beaches, rugged ranges, abundant wildlife, flora and clear sapphire waters. Discover the jagged mountains that jut from the wild ocean like giant sea creatures proudly presenting their bounty to all and sundry. These remarkable ‘mountains in the sea’ offer a rare experience you won’t find anywhere else on earth'.

 

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AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. has chosen Flinders Island Site for the following key reasons:

1.  The waters around Flinders Island are inducive for growing Percebes & Kelp. The waters are pristine, nutrient filled and clear.

2.  In lieu of AquaUtopia’s business plan and adopted model of 3D polyculture, the operation is in keeping with the Tasmanian Department of Fisheries (DPIPWE) and Flinders Island communities understandings linked to the development of local businesses that work to improve the environment, community, local economy and by their nature are organic and sustainable.  

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Photographs courtesy of Flinders Island Member collection

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2017 - Aqua Farm Permit Grow Out Site Obtained

Roydon Island. 

Roydon Island. 

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2017 - 2018: Percebe & Kelp Furniture Build

Top Cat moving materials South from Queensland to Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Top Cat moving materials South from Queensland to Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Drilling pipe rings.

Drilling pipe rings.

Picking up the 2,400 kg of furniture piping Bridport, Tasmania.

Picking up the 2,400 kg of furniture piping Bridport, Tasmania.

Unloading piping on dock Bridport, Tasmania.

Unloading piping on dock Bridport, Tasmania.

Tight fit for the 60 NM voyage back to Lady Baron at Flinders Island.

Tight fit for the 60 NM voyage back to Lady Baron at Flinders Island.

Storing the 42 floats. 

Storing the 42 floats. 

Anchor chain on the deck of Top Cat.

Anchor chain on the deck of Top Cat.

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Workshop at Lady Baron. 

Workshop at Lady Baron. 

Layout yard Lady Baron. 

Layout yard Lady Baron. 

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Recycling wheel inner tubes. The material acts like cartilage does on a Joint.   

Recycling wheel inner tubes. The material acts like cartilage does on a Joint.   

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Furniture lift with JCB.

Furniture lift with JCB.

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2018 - Office and Hatchery Site Lease Secured

Appreciation to TasPorts and for all the support of Garth

TasPort lease site - essentially a bare block of land but good sea / road access. TasPorts to install power and water. In backgrtound is the Ute. 

TasPort lease site - essentially a bare block of land but good sea / road access. TasPorts to install power and water. In backgrtound is the Ute. 

Container placed onto Hatchery site - unloding PVC piping

Container placed onto Hatchery site - unloding PVC piping

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Post Container Refurbishment

Marketing / Media

website design - 2018

Cost of having someone build our website combined with initial marketing was estimated to cost $10,000 and then there would be ongoing maintenance costs and even issues linked to copyright and control. Therefore the decision was taken to build our own site utilising one of the many platforms available. It's been a steep learning curve but good to learn new skills.    

Social Media Links

2018: Support in Social Media provided by Mr. Marc De Gregorio (student) Swinburne University of Technology - Melbourne.

Marketing / Advertising

It is envisioned that our primary markets may include Sydney Seafood Market, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, European and American Cities.

2017 / 2018: AquaUtopia contacted and interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting company. A goal is to be a guest on ABC's premier farming show 'Landline'. 

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Please note that since the above interview we have changed our business name from The Australian Barnacle Company to AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. The rationale for this change is that since the interview we have expanded our product line to include Golden Kelp with the option to also grow Blue Mussels.

In 2019 AquaUtopia keen to connect with learning / research institutions and add to the body of aquaculture knowledge.

Business Assets / Tools

Supersport   - Is a multipurpose live aboard 24 M three level catamaran.  Currently berthed at Manly Harbour, Brisbane she is scheduled to undergo a significant refit between July - September 2018. Then with two brand new engines, in October 2018 she will sail to Flinders Island to support the harvest and packaging phase of operations.

Supersport - Is a multipurpose live aboard 24 M three level catamaran.  Currently berthed at Manly Harbour, Brisbane she is scheduled to undergo a significant refit between July - September 2018. Then with two brand new engines, in October 2018 she will sail to Flinders Island to support the harvest and packaging phase of operations.

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Top Cat - Primary workhorse boat used for a range of activities including logistic & haulage. 

Top Cat - Primary workhorse boat used for a range of activities including logistic & haulage. 

Rapid Inflatable Boat (RIB) for quick easy access to worksites.

Rapid Inflatable Boat (RIB) for quick easy access to worksites.

Small Dingy which can be loaded onto back of Top Cat

Small Dingy which can be loaded onto back of Top Cat

PVC Cutting Machine.

PVC Cutting Machine.

Drill Machines.

Drill Machines.

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Multipurpose work car with galvanised trailer 

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Multipurpose shelter for hatchery site

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Installing the furniture on site 2017 - Present

Long tow of furniture to lease site. Each step involves a range of logistics, with many 'Firsts' and a diverse range of unknowns. Still whilst holding the big picture in mind (to grow / sell produce) at the end of the day its a journey of discovery, somethings work other things don't, hindsight is not to be dwelled upon, but rather learn, compartmentalise each step and always keep moving forward.

Long tow of furniture to lease site. Each step involves a range of logistics, with many 'Firsts' and a diverse range of unknowns. Still whilst holding the big picture in mind (to grow / sell produce) at the end of the day its a journey of discovery, somethings work other things don't, hindsight is not to be dwelled upon, but rather learn, compartmentalise each step and always keep moving forward.

Furniture secured and in place at the Aqua Farm

Furniture secured and in place at the Aqua Farm

Plans in Process

Super sport refit July - September 2018

Grow OUT Phase 2018 - 2019 

First Harvest 2019  

Packaging & Shipment 2019   

Expansion Plans 2020

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