Ridley’s Dr Richard Smullen thanked the Council and APFA for acknowledgement of Ridley’s investment.

“Innovation like our Propel diets that supports sustainable production takes time, as well as significant input from our research and industry partners.

“We are proud of the fact that we’ve developed a high-performing product that reduces the need for marine resources in prawn feed, and allows for a significant reduction in protein levels resulting in a level of nitrogen released to the environment that is sustainable and certifiable by independent certifying bodies,” Dr Smullen said.

Propel feeds are made from plant and animal raw materials and include two key ingredients – a unique microbial biomass ingredient called Novacq™ which was developed by CSIRO and licensed exclusively to Ridley in Australia, and a highly digestible land -based animal protein source manufactured by Ridley.

Kim Hooper, Executive Officer, Australian Prawn Farmers Association says sustainable production is a high priority for the sector, and this technology is a significant break though.

“By the rapid uptake by farmers, you can see how important it is to our industry. This technology allows Australian prawn farmers to meet the standards for sustainable aquaculture set by Best Aquaculture Practices and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. It’s a world first and really puts prawn farmers a step ahead in sustainable aquaculture,” Ms Hooper said.

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