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1000kg fish produced weekly at prize farm

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Anna Hitchings

The fish are biting at one prize NSW farm, where 1000kg of barramundi are produced each week.

Nick Arena was awarded NSW farmer of the year on Thursday for his barramundi operation Bobs Farm in Port Stephens, boasting 1440 square metres of tanks which house the tonne of fish.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair, who gave Mr Arena the $10,000 cash prize, said the farmer is a leader in the land-based fish production industry.

"He has implemented business monitoring systems to improve the efficiency of his operations, including an alert system which tracks water flow, airflow and power supply, daily water testing, fish behaviour and growth production reports," Mr Blair said on Thursday.

In addition to his fish farm, Mr Arena grows leafy greens and herbs using an integrated hydroponic system which are used in his on-site restaurant Cook-a-Barra.

He also offers daily tours to educate consumers about the pressures of farming and where their food comes from.

"I congratulate Nick on this recognition and wish him the best of luck as he prepares to open his own retail shop to sell his barramundi and vegetables," Mr Blair said.

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