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Dan Richards

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Dan Richards, from Darwin in the Northern Territory, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Woolworths. He studied international seafood and aquaculture production, technologies and market trends.

As business owner of the NT-based Humpty Doo Barramundi (HDB) aquaculture operation, Daniel sees big opportunities to develop premium quality, sustainably produced white fish to complement pink fish markets in Australia and overseas.

Through HDB, he has been involved in pioneering the farming of barramundi from fingerling to about five kilograms. This business is now distributing about 40,000 kilograms of fresh barramundi per week into domestic and export.

Daniel says the company has already adopted a sustainable aquaculture production system and branded product, but he believes there are opportunities for all Australian seafood producers to further improve technologies, business models, products and marketing opportunities by studying what’s happening in overseas markets.

“There has been no domestic industrial-scale production of whitefish in Australia to compliment pink fish (salmon and trout) markets,” he says.

“Barramundi is a key contender for this space but, as a relatively new species to aquaculture farming, there are no specifically designed systems for its production and processing.

“We need to address this if we are going to compete in a global market and we also need to assess market trends and emerging opportunities overseas.”

Daniel used his scholarship to travel to over 20 countries across the globe.

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory
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