Farmer tagged for award
PALMERS Island's Andrew Carroll has been nominated as Citizen of the Year for his role as an industry leader in the world of aquaculture.
In a world with an ever-increasing demand for seafood, Mr Carroll's sustainable and environmentally responsible farming methods have helped relieve some of the pressures on the world's wild fish stocks.
Mr Carroll operates a mulloway farm and after investing $2.8 million in a disused prawn farm in 2008 he created a facility capable of producing 1.5 tonnes of fish per week.
The delicious mulloway produced is now on the menu of some of Sydney's finest restaurants including Tetsuya's and Pier and Quay.
In 2010, Mr Carroll won the coveted Young Farmer of the Year award which catapulted him and his mulloway into the limelight.
Mr Carroll said the reason chefs preferred his farmed fish over the wild variety was the slightly richer flavour of his mulloway.
After hearing of his nomination, Mr Carroll said he was very surprised to be considered.
"We've only been here for about five years and to be considered so soon after starting the business is really nice.
"I want to thank my father for the support he has given me and the faith he has shown in my ability to make a success of a difficult business without any precedent.
"My father invested a lot without any guarantees.
"I couldn't have done it without him," Mr Carroll said.
Mr Carroll also thanked Ms Bev Mansfield from Mansfield Marine for nominating him.
"I'm usually complaining about this or that when I see her so am especially surprised and delighted she has nominated me," Mr Carroll said.