Research & Development
Clean Seas is a fervent believer in the value of research and considers it integral to its business strategy as a means of both delivering a superior quality product and spearheading a more sustainable industry.
Its internal team’s research expertise champions nutrition, fish wellbeing, product quality and environmental ecology and collaborates extensively with world-leading research institutions including CSIRO, SARDI, Flinders University, University of Sunshine Coast and Adelaide University.
Clean Seas is a world leader in developing diets that are specially formulated for Yellowtail Kingfish and maintained to ensure the highest level of fish health and wellbeing.
Its feeds are formulated to create a balance of nutrients that guarantee feed efficiency, optimal growth and superlative taste, with a focus towards reducing our dependence on marine resources.
Through collaborations with research partners, Clean Seas has halved its dependence on fish meal and fish oil in feeds, the result of which is improved sustainability of production and a reduction in its environmental footprint.
Stress reduction is key to producing healthy, delicious fish with, as always, prevention as the best medicine. Clean Seas achieves this with an holistic approach to nutrition, selective breeding from broodstock of exceptional quality and of course exceptionally strict biosecurity controls and site management planning to ensure the aquatic and benthic environments for the fish are maintained in pristine condition.
This rigour is complemented by a health surveillance programme established by Clean Seas’ on-farm veterinarian to ensure that the occurrence of disease is curtailed and that its fish are of the highest possible quality grade.
Product quality and Production technology
Yellowtail Kingfish is a firm-fleshed high quality fish with naturally high levels of omega-3, fatty acids minerals and vitamins.
Clean Seas’ research team regularly assesses the quality of the product using the industry-recognised Quality Index Measure, which was specifically designed for Yellowtail Kingfish and includes quantitative methods that assess colour to guarantee absolute consistency.
Clean Seas has undertaken extensive research programmes on flesh biochemistry to understand the impact of pre and post-harvest husbandry, cold-chain management impact on flesh quality and the nutritional content of the fish. All of which ensures that Hiramasa Kingfish is an unparalleled eating experience and powerhouse of nutrients.
While acknowledged both in Australia and around the world for its R&D, Clean Seas continually looks at innovative means by which to improve the quality of its fish and maintain a fresher product for longer.
Cleanseas is absolutely committed to its sustainable management practices aimed at minimising its environmental footprint by limiting the amount of organic material contributed to the environment.
Clean Seas works closely with government departments to develop policies and farming strategies that ensure aquaculture sites are monitored and managed in way that promotes the healthiest possible marine environment.
To facilitate in understanding the impact of our farming operation on the marine environment, Clean Seas has commissioned numerous studies to examine the hydrodynamic nature of our sites and to identify the fate of the organic inputs from our farming operations. This information is key for both Clean Seas and government stakeholders in the development of policies and procedures that minimise its environmental footprint.
Sites are fallowed and rotated in similar ways that farmers fallow fields and the health of the benthic environment is assessed every 6 months by independent scientists to ensure the implemented strategies have the desired outcomes.
In addition to reducing its dependence on fish meal and fish oil, Clean Seas also invests in significant research to develop feed management practices that promote the production of high quality fish while minimising the amount of feed fed to the fish and in turn reducing the organic inputs into the ecosystem. Producing Yellowtail Kingfish with the lowest FCR and the best fish in:fish out ratio standards.