Mackay business land major gong for unique initiative
A UNIQUE waste initiative has landed long-standing Mackay business Debbie's Seafood with a Queensland Seafood Environment award.
For the past nine years, business owners Debbie and Mark Ahern have been working with a group of farmers from Habana, Seaforth and Walkerston to dispose of waste from their Mackay store. Mr Ahern said a huge amount of fish frames and backbones was going to waste every day and he and Debbie decided to make use of them.
"We were thinking about the waste of all our frames and backbones," Mr Ahern said.
"We were selling some for crab pot bait but we were just putting out so much a week and I hated to dump it into landfill.
"We talked to an organic banana farmer about it who decided to do something with it. We have two cane farmers, a mango farmer and a banana farmer drop plastic pods into us and we fill them up with our frames, prawn shells and anything else that will break down.
"These guys take it out to their farms and add some hay on top, a bit of molasses and a little bit of lime to start the process and then let it break down."
Mr Ahern said once the waste breaks down it is used as an organic fertiliser.
"I didn't think it was that unique but people at the awards were quite fascinated and talked to us a lot about it," he said.
Debbie's Seafood was also named runner-up in the Queensland Seafood Large Business award category.
The awards were held in Brisbane on September 28.