Feed is responsible for the largest environmental impact in the production of aquaculture. Developing better performing and more sustainable feed is crucial to further increase the sustainability of the industry. Combining Huon’s expertise in farming in Tasmanian waters and our knowledge in feed development, we can continue to run feed trials to optimise our feeds performance and sustainability in Australia.
Mitchell Plastic Welding
BioMar know that sustainability extends beyond our feed. We must look at our whole value chain to identify opportunities where we can improve the sustainability of our operations both upstream and downstream. This thinking led to BioMar Australia’s partnership with local Tasmanian business, Mitchell Plastic Welding (MPW). MPW have a long history of servicing Tasmania’s aquaculture sector and proven capabilities in delivering advanced manufacturing, plastic fabrication / repair products and services. In November 2021, BioMar Australia and MPW joined forces to launch our circular bags initiative. The initiative will see our bags transformed into 100% recyclable pallets, creating a circular economy and capturing value that would have otherwise been lost. By creating a circular economy with our bags, we are actively minimising waste and delivering other positive environmental outcomes.
Creating a reliable delivery service is extremely important in aquafeed. At the other end of our products are live animals, who require our feed to live a healthy life. Failure to deliver our feed can put the fish’s welfare at risk. The pandemic caused unforeseeable changes to shipping. Port congestions, consistent delays and shipping container shortages were just part of a larger issue that made reliable delivery to our customers outside of Tasmania more challenging. That is why this year we partnered with Move Logistics to provide a direct trans shipping line to our New Zealand customers. Our partnership with Move Logistics will streamline our delivery service to our NZ customers and mitigate risk in supply chain, allowing us to supply our NZ farming customers with a consistent supply of feed. Not only does this new direct service make for a faster, cheaper and ultimately more efficient supply chain, having one trusted logistics partner also reduces complexity and risk for our business.
BioMar are powered by partnership, combining our knowledge and expertise with those from other organisations to promote industry wide development and innovative solutions. Since commencing operations in Australia, we have partnered with many organisations not highlighted above. Moving forward, BioMar Australia will continue to seek out partnerships with companies who align with our goals and provide complementary capabilities. Combining our core competencies with the strength of other organistions will allow us to continually develop innovative solution in aquafeed and improve the sustainability of our operation throughout the whole value chain.