A world first horticultural system which grows herbs and barramundi in one glasshouse has just signed a contract with a major supermarket.
The Urban Ecological System (UES) recycles water from the barramundi tanks, transforming any biological waste into safe nutrients for herbs. No waste is produced.
Inventors Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson first showcased their idea seven years ago on ABC New Inventors program. It has now become a commercial reality with the pair signing a five year contract with Coles.
The deal involves supplying 129,000 plants every 28 days and 20,000 kilograms of barramundi each year.
"It was one of those happy accidents of nature that fish and vegetables can combine very successfully," Mr Bodlovich.
Coles general manager Greg Davis says he is delighted to support such an innovative producer, and signed the contract at a fixed price.
"I believe this is the future of horticulture; projects like these provide opportunities to get fresh produce to our stores quicker.
"When customers tell us they want produce grown fresher, more sustainably and in Australia, this ticks all those boxes."
CSIRO's Dr Nick Elliot believes this initiative has a firm future as part of the global move to make way for food security.
"We've got a growing population globally and aquaculture is growing. People are a lot more health conscious.
"But even with the best management strategies in wild harvest, there is a limit to what they can harvest, so to meet the demand we have to come up with new methods in aquaculture and double the production."
Mr Bodlovich believes the system can be developed in most outlying urban areas or in city fringes, and the technology has the potential to be exported around the world.