Photograph courtesy of Flinders Island Member collection

AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. is an Australian business which will specialise in the sustainable aquaculture & wholesale cultivation of Golden Kelp, Gooseneck Barnacles & Blue Mussels.

 

Our Mission

To establish AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. as a leader in the sustainable aquaculture of Golden Kelp, Gooseneck Barnacles and Blue Mussels.

 
 

Our Vision

In keeping with GreenWaves 3D system of 'polyculture vertical farming', AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. will become the worlds first offshore aqua farm cultivating Gooseneck Barnacles. At the same time AquaUtopia Pty Ltd. will cultivate Blue Mussels and become Australia's first aqua farm to cultivate Golden Kelp.

 

Please note since the above interview with the Australian Broadcasting Company, to better reflect the diversification of our product range, the name of our business has changed from 'Australian Barnacle Company' Pty Ltd. to 'AquaUtopia' Pty Ltd.

Angus Cowan & Jon Day - Joint Directors of AquaUtopia Pty Ltd.  Meeting at the age of 13 at Boarding School in Dorset in the UK,  Angus and Jon enjoyed many outward bound adventures including 'Ten Tors' and sailing. In line with their love of the great outdoors, in the early 1990's they both independently emigrated to Australia.   Jon is a licensed Captain, trained aqua-culturist and born entrepreneur. Jon lives and breathes the sea! He is married to Justine and has two teenage kids.  Angus's primary background is in Health (BS / MPET). He also holds a Certificate in Agriculture. Angus has spent the last 22 years working in Saudi Arabia and for the last eight years has coordinated large healthcare projects, programs & events. He is married to Maria and has four children.             

Angus Cowan & Jon Day - Joint Directors of AquaUtopia Pty Ltd.

Meeting at the age of 13 at Boarding School in Dorset in the UK,  Angus and Jon enjoyed many outward bound adventures including 'Ten Tors' and sailing. In line with their love of the great outdoors, in the early 1990's they both independently emigrated to Australia. 

Jon is a licensed Captain, trained aqua-culturist and born entrepreneur. Jon lives and breathes the sea! He is married to Justine and has two teenage kids.

Angus's primary background is in Health (BS / MPET). He also holds a Certificate in Agriculture. Angus has spent the last 22 years working in Saudi Arabia and for the last eight years has coordinated large healthcare projects, programs & events. He is married to Maria and has four children.             

What we've Achieved 

  • Purchase of Rapid Inflatable Boat (RIB).
  • Purchase of Ute for Business.
  • Settlement (pollination) & Placement of Gooseneck Barnacle Furniture (ongoing).
  • TasPort Lease site obtained for purpose of setting up Hatchery.
  • Application and Submission to Council to Build Hatchery.
  • Purchase of 40 ft. Shipping Container. 
  • Shipping Container Conversion.
  • Website Build / Development of Marketing Strategy.
  • Kelp Furniture Build (In Process).
  • Purchase of 2 new engines in preparation of scheduled refit of the 24 Meter Mothership OceanXplorer MV 'Super Sport'. 

  • Development of Business Plan.
  • Identification & Access to Flexible Self-Funding Cash Flow Streams.
  • Completion of Gooseneck Barnacle & Kelp Research – Life Cycle, Equipment’s / Furniture . Design, 3-D Modelling & Hydro Testing.
  • Purchase of Boat – Top Cat.
  • Transfer of Top Cat from WA to QLD.
  • Refit of boat - Topcat.
  • Aqua Farm Site Identification.
  • Award of Aqua Farm Permit / License.
  • Multiple Site Visits & Development of Local Partnerships. 
  • Top Cat Moved from QLD to Flinders Island.
  • Management of Farm Build Logistics.
  • Gooseneck Barnacle Furniture Build.
...We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.
— Jacques Yves Cousteau