School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering
Full time PhD candidate at Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM)
Bachelor of Engineering (Solar Energy and Photovoltaics) from UNSW
Nicholas Gorman travelled to the United States of America, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand to investigate international best practice regarding key aspects of fish and fish roe production for the Australian domestic and export market
The highlights include his visit to Vivace Caviar, Germany (Sturgeon/caviar farm), where he learnt about cutting edge practices in recirculation farms, as well as Burrini in Italy (Trout farm), where he experienced a number of key learnings from a previously small-scale operation that had been successfully up-scaled and was operating very efficiently. Underpinning these experiences were the many lessons he took from Norway where he witnessed firsthand the awesome scale of operations and automation of processes that support this huge size of market production. Finally, his time in New York opened his eyes to the very diverse and creative ways that seafood products can be processed, packaged and blended/paired with complementary products in order to maximize sales.
The Australian aquaculture market has numerous opportunities to learn from the example of the more mature European market, by growing the size and sophistication of our domestic operations. In order to do this and attract the required level of new investment, Nicholas believes there needs to be an improvement in the way that the sector produce, promote and create profit from the trade. He believes that there are numerous technologies and new processes for farming fish and seafood practices which are currently being used successfully in Europe, which are not being exploited by Australia. These will assist in increasing yield, minimising stock loss, reducing the high cost and margin of error of current manual processes and provide new ways of farming which will complement the sometimes difficult environmental challenges experienced by Australian operators. This in turn will facilitate a reduction in the risk associated with investing in the sector, and would potentially attract the investment required to achieve larger scale of operation as a sector.
He believes that increasing the market size domestically plus pursuing further export opportunities for premium Australian products will be critical in attracting the investment dollars required to create a prospering and profitable industry.