Meet Nathan, our Technical Manager!

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Meet Nathan our technical manager based up at Toomulla Beach. Nathan has the huge job of overseeing the design, construction and protocol development of the hatchery, nursery and grow-out systems. He will be heavily involved in commercialising the research conducted at IMAS as part of the ARC Research HUB for sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture in Queensland.


Nathan is highly skilled in: the culture of aquaculture species, system design installation, and sales. Having studied Marine Science and with a Masters in Aquaculture, he started his career working throughout the South Pacific managing multicultural teams building fish farms and hatcheries. He then moved back to Australia working in a number of commercial operations including mainstream aquaculture, James Cook University (JCU) facility manager and Pacific Reef Fisheries


His move to Ornatas sees him managing a team to develop novel farming techniques, and applying them to the conditions in North Queensland. Nathan enjoys the challenges of managing a diverse workforce and pushing the boundaries of land-based aquaculture in Australia. His main challenge has been thinking outside the square to build state of the art systems and commercialising world first research. Nathan’s priorities are supervising the construction and commissioning phase of our first Moreton Bay Bug hatchery. His day involves managing our partners to build specialised recirculating aquaculture systems that are suited to the site.


Our core focus is developing a new high-value aquaculture species in Australia and he sees the huge potential and opportunity working for Ornatas. Nathan is supported by an experienced management team and his experience will be instrumental to the success of our company producing high-value species. Nathan said “We have the potential to quickly change what is possible to be farmed in Australia through employing new and innovative farming techniques not currently seen in the aquaculture industry.”


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