Sustainable aquaculture practices
Many fish farms are classed as “flow through” systems, raising huge numbers of fish on artificial feed, then releasing masses of waste into our waterways.
The fish ponds at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm are managed as “closed systems.” Pristine water quality is maintained by filtering through massive sand filters and natural wetland systems which adjoin the ponds. A magnificent artificial creek provides natural aeration through a series of cascades into the indoor Rainforest Pool, and an environmentally sustainable Windmill Aerator is used outdoors.
Stocking rates are kept quite low, allowing our trout to feed on naturally abundant food items such as yabbies, worms, frogs and a many types of insects.
By the end of Spring 2009, thirteen thousand indigenous trees were planted across the property. These plants never need watering, they provide important habitat for local fauna and they give visitors a glimpse of what the Island looked like before most of it was cleared for grazing.
Landcare acknowledged this achievement by awarding the “Wildlife Corridor Award for Excellence” in 2005. Since then, the farm has also been awarded the Bass Coast Environment and Sustainability award in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Complementing the indigenous revegetation, three thousand native Australian bush food plants were planted in 2009. This Bush Tucker Plantation requires no watering, no pesticides and only small additions of our own farm compost as fertilizer.
2014 now sees 21 different crops of bush tucker and more than 21,000 native plants going into the ground. A botanical delight!