(Marine Harvest barramundi farm, Northern Territory, Australia)
Port Hurd, Bathurst Island, is a high energy environment, with an 8m tidal range and 2 knot tidal currents. In August 2005 the farm was the only industrialised sea cage farm in Southeast Asia and was holding 1,300 tonnes of barramundi.
Unfortunately, the farm was severely damaged by bad weather in January 2006 and by February the farm was holding only about 100 tonnes of barramundi. The Port Hurd farm was subsequently decommissioned.
Photo 1: Marine Harvest barramundi farm showing original cage setup. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 2: Circular cages at Marine Harvest. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 3: Feeding time at the farm. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 4: Harvesting the barramundi. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 5: Barramundi from farm. Image: Marine Harvest.
Awarange Bay, South Sulawesi
Awarange Bay is located in Barru Regency, South Sulawesi Province, on the southwest coast of the island of Sulawesi. The bay is crescent-shaped, 5.4 km2in area with a 1.2 m tidal range and mean depth of 14 m, with fringing coral reefs occupying most of the bay entrance and mangroves and seagrass beds inhabiting most of the southern end of the bay.
Photo 6: Awarange Bay cage site. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 7: Collecting mud samples at Awarange Bay. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Hurun Bay, Lampung
Hurun Bay is located in Lampung Regency on the northwest coast of the Gulf of Lampung in southern Sumatra. The bay is horseshoe-shaped and1.5 km2in area with a 1.8 m tidal range. Three small rivers flow into Hurun Bay and the average depth is 12m. Near the northern inlet of the bay mouth there are sets of fish cages that are operated by BBL (Balai Budidaya Laut laboratory, Mariculture Development Centre, Lampung) for the purpose of developing marine fish culturing techniques.
Photo 8: Hurun Bay fish cages. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 9: Cutting up trash fish for feeds. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Ayong Farm, Lampung
Ayong farm is a commercial grouper farm located in Lampung Regency on the northwest coast of the Gulf of Lampung in southern Sumatra to the south of Hurun Bay.
Photo 10: Ayong Farm, Lampung. Image: A.D. McKinnon.
Photo 11: Workers at Ayong Farm. Image: A.D. McKinnon.