Case studies

Humpty Doo Barramundi

Humpty Doo Barramundi is a Northern Territory owned and operated business. Over the last 24 years it has grown to rank now as Australia’s largest saltwater barramundi producer. They are suppliers to both Coles and Woolworths (Australia’s largest supermarket / grocery chains).

Since its inception 24 years ago Humpty Doo Barramundi has invested in itself through relentless learning and innovation as well as ongoing physical development of new ponds, new buildings and new harvesting equipment. It is now leading Australia’s production of saltwater barramundi for domestic consumption.

The location of the farm is remote, ensuring biosecurity risks are low. Based on the Adelaide River floodplain, it has reliable access to clean salt water for its production. Humpty Doo Barramundi have a track record as good environmental managers, recycling and carefully managing waste water discharge.

The business is within an hour’s drive of Darwin, providing staff with good access to supplies and services. Proximity to the Port of Darwin is an important consideration for possible future expansion and supply into Asia.

Creating the remarkable

This successful aquaculture business has succeeded and grown while others have not. The owners’ relentless determination, patience, flexibility, readiness to innovate and willingness to continue investing in themselves in the long term has been the foundation of their success.

Over the years the Northern Territory Government has provided Humpty Doo Barramundi with research and development to improve hatchery and nursery production techniques, including the supply of health certified fingerlings and administrative support. The government has provided access to an aquatic animal service advising on biosecurity procedures and fish health management. The company was also supported with business planning, environmental approvals and land tenure clearances, including the sale of government land.

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