The Tailor Made Fish Farms' team has 'hands on' production experience and offer consultancy on aquaculture system design and installation. We also provide ongoing, after sales support and comprehensive training packages. The team at Tailor Made Fish Farms has been strategically and purposefully selected over the past 8 years from both scientific and practical backgrounds, who together ensure you get the right advice to guarantee your ongoing success.
The Team Offers:
- Hands on Production Experience.
- Production planning.
- Design and Construction Experience in land based RAS and aquaponics.
- Comprehensive training, technical support with after sales backup.
- Training in fish health management.
- Site selection and feasibility expertise.
- Sales and Marketing experience.
- Supplier to the 2000 Olympic Games – Athletes & Officials Diner
- Sold equipment to Cell aquaculture in Western Australia
- Product showcased at the 2002 Good Food Show
- Supplied product to the 2002 World's Largest Buffet at Darling Harbour for the VIPs.
- Supplied 3,000 fillets for the 2003 Australia Day Luncheon at Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour
- Supplied equipment to NSW Fisheries
- First System Sale: 2003 Sold 50 tonne TMFF production system to a Melbourne based company (Mainstream Aquaculture – refer Appendices)
- Second System Sale: 2004 Designed, supplied and installed a recirculating Seawater System at Macquarie University
- Supplied equipment to James Cook University.
- Sold various aquaculture components to a Western Australian company that is also trying to develop a fish production system.
- Employed by the Minister for Marine resources Bahrain to consult on their Seawater facilities in Bahrain.
- Signed contract with American based company to introduce our technology to Las Vegas.
- 2008 Won emerging export of the year award for the Hunter region
- 2008 Appoint to an advisory board to the New South Wales Minister for Fisheries.
- 2008 Presented a resource paper at the Asian Pacific Organisation for sustainable food production conference held in Taiwan.
- 2008-2009 fulfilled contract with European based company for the supply and construction of a 100 tonne facility which has provided a working model in a much cold climate where temperatures of -20 degree are experienced.
TMFF have had articles published in Industry Publications such as:
- Aquaponics Journal (Mariposa California)
- AustAsia Aquaculture
- Fish Farming International
- The Bulletin
- The Australian
- The Land Newspaper
The company has also been featured on TV shows such as Cross Country and Today Extra and Landline as well as ABC Radio.
TMFF has also been featured on the New South Wales Fisheries website.
View Video Footage here: http://www.youtube.com/user/NSWFisheries#p/u/1/qK_nlnnnuvs
- NSW & Hunter Coast Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy - June 2005 A NSW Government initiative (excerpt featuring TMFF)
- Integrated Agri-Aquaculture Systems – RIRDC Resource (TMFF case study)
- Made In Australia Feature article "Aquaculture Net Spreads" (example of success of TMFF Technology purchased by Mainstream Aquaculture (VIC)
- American Australian Business 2006 – (TMFF Feature P.145)
Nick Arena - Managing Director
- Thirteen years in Aquaculture systems design, installation, maintenance, & operations
- Twenty-two years previous experience was in the building construction industry.
- Excellence in project management, design & planning, quoting & implementation.
- Proven organisational & communication skills.
- Microsoft Excel, Word, MYOB and Outlook Express
- Self employed for 20 years before becoming Managing Director of Tailor Made Fish Farms.
To design and provide the most economical and efficient way to farm the finest quality fresh water and salt water species in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.
Summary Skills & Accomplishment
Nick has been the Managing Director of Tailor Made Fish Farms (TMFF) since it's inception, TMFF has become a leader in the sustainable commercial production of finfish in Australia. Nick was instrumental in the founding of the company and has for 13 years been responsible for its continued growth and expansion, and am currently responsible for all aspects of the business.
As a key member of the management team Nick's major focus has been to create new, and develop existing, technologies resulting in more sustainable, efficient and viable practices relating to land based Aquaculture.
Having gained knowledge over the past 13 years of the many different methods used to grow aquatic species, TMFF remains the largest producer of Barramundi in NSW even though we are not the largest farm in terms of production area.
Nick has proven experience in design, development, management, and operation of aquaculture nurseries and grow-out systems. His expertise in aquaculture development and management is built upon previous experience as a Project Manager (licensed builder and electrician) in the construction industry, giving him a pragmatic and functional approach to developing operational and economically viable systems.
In addition to his operational roles Nick has experience in capital raising and financing of aquaculture ventures and business planning for aquaculture. Nick is also skilled in establishing partnership between joint venture partners. Nick's role in TMFF also includes marketing and market development and has direct marketing experience in both live and chilled fish products and established niche markets for TNFF premium Barramundi throughout some of Sydney's finest restaurants and eating establishments.
- Managing Director of NSW most productive Recirculation Farm
- Licensed Builder
- Licensed Electrician
Peter Schupp - Technical Advisor
- 1985-1987 Marine Science Student University of Mainz, Germany. Undergraduate student in biology Vordiplom (Bachelor) in July 1987
- 1987-1989 Marine Science Student University of Konstanz, Germany. Graduate student in biology; major in limnology.
- 1989-09.1990 Marine Science Student Oregon State University, U.S.A. Exchange program between Baden-Württemberg / Oregon; Master Program in Oceanography. Aquarist at the Public Aquarium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon, U.S.A.
- 1990-1992 Marine Science Student University of Guam, U.S.A. Masters program in biology with a major in marine biology and chemical ecology; Master of Science in Biology in May 1993.
- 1992-1993 Marine Science Student University of Konstanz, Germany. Diploma in Biology with a major in limnology; Diplombiologe (Masters of Science in Biology) in April 1993.
- PhD student, 09.1995 - 03.2000, University of Würzburg, Germany. PhD program in pharmaceutical biology under Prof. Dr. P. Proksch; PhD in March 2000. Structure Elucidation, Biological Activity and Ecology of Secondary Metabolites from Micronesian Marine Invertebrates. Isolation and identification of secondary metabolites from marine organisms; experiments assessing the ecology and pharmaceutical activity of isolated compounds (e.g. anti-microbial, fungicidal, insecticidal activity, cytotoxicity); taxonomy of sponges.
Research Assistant 08.1993 - 12.1994
Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) in Chuuk, Micronesia. Employed under the "Collecting Program for Marine Invertebrates of the National Cancer Institute" (NCI), U.S.A. Duties: Collection, identification and photography of marine invertebrates; supervision of personnel; participant on several collecting trips throughout South East Asia.
- Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow 05.2000 - 05.2003
Centre for Marine Biofouling and Bio-Innovation. Dr Schupp conducted an independent research program on the role of host secondary metabolites as mediators of microbial-invertebrate interaction. He identified novel marine natural products that act as agonists or antagonists of the N-acylated-L-homoserine lactone (AHL) regulatory system of Gram-negative bacteria and finally he investigated prokaryotic community profiles and their variability within selected invertebrate species. Secondly, as the Senior Scientist for Natural Products Chemistry within CMBB he advises and trains students and staff. Thirdly, he taught within the School of Biological Science at UNSW and supervised undergraduate and graduate students.
- Scientific Adviser 2001- present, at Tailor Made Fish Farms Pty Ltd Port Stephens, NSW Australia
- Assistant Professor August 2003 - present, at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory
- (CMBB) for Natural Products Chemistry May 2000 - April 2003.
- Lecturer for Advances in Ecology and Chemical Ecology, at the University of Guam
- Supervised 5 M.S. students and co-supervised 6 B.Sc, 3 M.S. and 3 PhD students to date
- Published 17 research papers in refereed journals and 3 book chapters
- Presented papers at 8 international and 6 national Conferences since 1996
- American Society of Pharmacognosy
- Australian Marine Science Association
- New South Wales Natural Products Group
- Dechema, Germany (Society for Chemical Engineering - Biotechnology - Environmental Protection)
Jeff Titmarsh B.V.Sc. Fish Health, Biosecurity & Compliance
- Graduated December 1972, University of Queensland
- 2 years private practice in Maitland, N.S.W. dairy industry
- 2 years locums, in various parts of N.S.W. and England
- Established Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic in November, 1976 where he is still in practice.
- Elected to Port Stephens Council in September, 1975-2004
- Deputy Mayor September 2002 - March 2004
Self employed at Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic since November 1976. Heads a small band of dedicated staff, veterinarians and nurses who collectively have been employed at Raymond Terrace Veterinary Clinic for 82 years.
As a shareholder in Tailor Made Fish Farms his role is to support any activities undertaken by the company to enhance performance and growth. To offer technical support using his experience of 34 years of Veterinary practice, as adapted into the unique fish management environment pioneered by Tailor Made Fish Farm.
Role in organization
Jeff has decades of experience with disease in all species, and a familiarity with disease control in a variety of species and situations including intensive farm situations.
Jeff's role is to make sure that such specialist advice obtained my disease investigation is understood by management (and especially the leading hand and workers); and the system is fine tuned to avoid as much as possible the difficulties associated with crowding the edge of the envelope in such intensive production, and to build understanding into the aquaculture systems strengths to make it as trouble free as possible.