An introduction to Uarah Fisheries
Founded in 1977 by industry pioneers, Jim and Bruce Malcolm, Uarah Fisheries is the world’s first modern Murray cod farm and large-scale native fish hatchery.
We have 55 outdoor ponds, proprietary indoor recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) specially-developed for native fish production, and extensive land reserved for future infrastructure expansion. While we are known as the major pioneers of Murray cod aquaculture, and produce both Murray cod fingerlings and table fish, we also specialise in golden perch and silver perch fingerlings as well.
Since 2015, we have made several upgrades to our production infrastructure and have significantly increased our broodstock numbers. In the 2016-17 season, we produced over 4 million Murray cod and golden perch fingerlings. However, we anticipate this figure to increase to over 8 million for the 2018-19 season and even more beyond that, as our newly-added broodstock mature. Even then, we possess the infrastructural and technical capacity to introduce more broodstock and increase fingerling production even further. We are also aiming to expand our table fish production infrastructure in the short-term future.
Today, Uarah Fisheries occupies over 80 acres of prime land adjoining the pristine waterways of the Murray-Darling Basin – the natural habitat of these fish species.
Production, markets and our global vision
Domestically, we are one of the largest producers of Australian native fish fingerlings, and are one of the long-term suppliers for restocking programs in New South Wales and Victoria.
In the table fish industry, we are the founding pioneers of intensive Murray cod aquaculture and are regarded by many as being the highest-quality Murray cod producer in Australia.
Regarding the global market, in 2015, we commenced a joint venture with several established foreign businesses and organisations to engage in the Asia-Pacific market, centred on China. The goal of this joint venture is to sustainably produce, market and supply Murray cod for the fish-loving consumer markets of China and greater East Asia.
Sustainable research and development
At Uarah Fisheries, we are passionate about the sustainable development of Australia’s freshwater aquaculture industry and the restoration of native fish populations in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The scope of this research mainly fell into three distinct brackets. Firstly, the study of the physiology and ecology of the iconic freshwater fish endemic to the Murray-Darling-Basin. Secondly, the research and development of breeding and aquaculture techniques for Murray cod and other native fish. Lastly, the survey and joint development of the Australian aquaculture industry with government and private bodies.
We are immensely proud to have been a part of the leading research into native fish and freshwater aquaculture over the last 40 years and hope to continue to be closely involved in the development of the native fish aquaculture industry in the future.
By contributing our fish, our knowledge and our infrastructure to scientific research, we hope both to save Australia’s iconic fish species, and to help the Australian freshwater aquaculture industry become a major provider of premium quality, highly-nutritious and sustainably-sourced food for Australian and global consumers.
Our commitment to the future
We truly believe that Australia’s freshwater fish species, especially Murray cod, include some of the best-quality eating fish in the world – an opinion shared by top Australian chefs and restaurants, including Martin Brenn of Sepia, Peter Gilmore of Quay, Neil Perry of Rockpool, Ross Lusted of The Bridge Room, and many more.
We are proud of our values and what we’ve achieved so far, but we also recognise our continuing responsibility as one of Australia’s leaders in freshwater aquaculture.
Beyond this, we also intend to bring eating species like Murray cod, and their sustainable production, into the global mainstream. We believe this is a critical next step in market development, and also understand that it is critical it is done correctly – so as to not harm our quality of product and Australia’s fledgling freshwater aquaculture industry.
However, given our unique advantages, we believe that we are well-equipped to continue leading the industry in this globalised era, and take it upon ourselves to do so. We thank you for your interest in learning more about Uarah Fisheries. As always, we are grateful for all your support.
The Uarah Fisheries team