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Video Investigating Australian approaches to producing fish, seafood and meat: producer video

TLF ID M019361

This is a video about the Robarra barramundi aquaculture operations at West Beach and Robe in South Australia. Presented by Lance Vater, Managing Director of the Vater Corporation that includes Robarra, it shows the stages of production from an egg to a 100mm fingerling at West Beach; the feeding and grading of fish in tanks at Robe until they reach 1.5 kilos; the road train transport between sites and to market; and the use made of the farm's nutrient-rich water for pasture production. Vater tells why barramundi were chosen for farming and describes how water from Spencer Gulf is filtered at the hatchery. He explains the economic efficiencies of finding an aquaculture farm site with access to heated artisan water and of using floating pellets to manage food supply in order to achieve the ratio of 1 kilo of growth to 1.4 kilo of food. The video lasts for 5:04 min.

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Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for studies of aquaculture in the context of the Design and Technologies and Economics and Business curriculums in the secondary years of schooling. For design and technologies, the video's description and illustration of growing barramundi is of considerable value for the years 7/8 content description about how food is produced in managed environments and how these become more sustainable. The Robarra systems and emphasis on purity and quality would also make a very interesting case study in relation to the years 9/10 content description about investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production of food.
  • The video is equally valuable for Economics and Business. Vater's commentary on the costs of farmed barramundi versus wild-caught and the economic necessity of access to heated artisan water is of particular value for content descriptions in year 9 that refers to the ways that businesses respond to opportunities in Australia and in year 10 about how businesses organise themselves to improve productivity. Vater himself as seen in the video may well provide an interesting example for the year 7 content description about the characteristics of entrepreneurs.
  • The resource may also be of use for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. As well as their environmentally conscious practices that include recycling water for agriculture and avoiding chemical treatments, the company's website indicates that future sustainable developments include improving the quality of fish food to reduce solid waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using solar power for pumps and filters, and recycling water in aquaponic systems. 
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

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