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Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!

Ian Campbell 16 April 2019
Tim and Kyran Crane, Ocean2earth. Photo: Ocean2earth Facebook.

Tim and Kyran Crane, Ocean2earth. Photo: Ocean2earth Facebook.

Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps.

Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane.

Yesterday’s (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a new fish waste collection service at six of the Shire’s boat ramps. Ocean2earth will collect the fishy waste and transform it all into organic garden compost at the Merimbula Waste and Recycling Depot.

As keen fishermen, Kyran says he and his brother are often frustrated by overflowing fish bins at boat ramps or by people throwing fish remains back into the ocean, causing public health and amenity issues.

“The burden is often left to local councils, who in many cases do not have the resources or facilities to manage it appropriately,” he says.

“We collect this waste and turn it into a valuable resource, which also reduces the amount of waste going into landfill. It’s a win-win situation.”

The long-term goal of Ocean2earth is to process marine waste from boat ramps, seafood processing plants and aquaculture facilities right along the NSW coastline.

“We are keen to get the model right here and get some runs on the board, but we have already had interest from places like Mallacoota,” Kyran says.

Anthony McMahon - BVSC Director Assets & Operations, Tim Crane, Cr Kristy McBain, Kyran Crane, Joley Vidau - BVSC Waste Management Coordinato, Cr Mitchell Nadin, Cr Tony Allen. Photo: Supplied.

Anthony McMahon – BVSC Director Assets & Operations, Tim Crane, Cr Kristy McBain, Kyran Crane, Joley Vidau – BVSC Waste Management Coordinator, Cr Mitchell Nadin, Cr Tony Allen. Photo: Supplied.

Mayor McBain says people make regular reports to Council of fish waste being dumped in shared community spaces, which led to a call for public Expressions of Interest for solutions for managing this waste.

“Council is responsible for a public reserve network that stretches along 225 kilometres of coastline and the towns and villages along the way are central to community life and the region’s tourism appeal,” she says.

“The management of fish waste at some of our boat launching facilities has been a long-standing problem.

“It’s great to see people come up with innovative and practical solutions to waste problems, which are not just Council problems, they are whole-of-community problem.

“During the past year in particular we’ve seen great innovation in our Shire and a willingness by our community and visitors to embrace change through the introduction of the FOGO bin collection service in our towns.

“Improving the facilities at these six boat ramps and supporting the Ocean2earth initiative is another step towards the long-term goal set out in Council’s 10-year waste management strategy.”

Choose the right bin! Photo: Ocean2earth Facebook.

Choose the right bin! Photo: Ocean2earth Facebook.

Ocean2earth will collect fish waste from specially-marked blue bins at boat ramps at Bermagui Harbour, Bermagui River, Quarantine Bay Eden, Pambula Lake Broadwater, Kianinny Tathra and Mogareeka.

Those who sort through this smelly, slimy, catch ask that only fish waste is deposited in the blue bins – no plastic bait bags etc. Council has installed new red and yellow bins at the boat ramps to help make it easier for people to choose the right bin.

It’s hoped Ocean2earth compost will be available for sale in three to four months.

What's Your Opinion?

12 Responses to Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!

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Liz Bellette-Stubbs Liz Bellette-Stubbs 6:43 am 19 Apr 19

Well done

Amanda Midlam Amanda Midlam 11:34 am 17 Apr 19

Excellent.

Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 8:21 am 17 Apr 19

Fantastic

Paul Davis Paul Davis 11:33 pm 16 Apr 19

Love this story want to meet theese guys ,,true

Nola Hassan Nola Hassan 5:06 pm 16 Apr 19

What a great idea.

Sharon Cornthwaite Sharon Cornthwaite 2:56 pm 16 Apr 19

love everything about this, let us know where we can get when its available

Glenn Merrick Glenn Merrick 1:32 pm 16 Apr 19

Will this extend to Merimbula too?

    About Regional About Regional 4:46 pm 16 Apr 19

    Glenn Merrick What do you reckon Bega Valley Waste & Recycling?

Debra Summer Debra Summer 1:09 pm 16 Apr 19

That would be awesome compost! ❤️

Liz Martel Liz Martel 12:24 pm 16 Apr 19

Wow, this sounds great. Well done to all involved. Hopefully, this will spread far and wide, and become a global initiative. Thanks to the brothers.

Kari Esplin Kari Esplin 11:38 am 16 Apr 19

Tony Esplin Wayne Carracher we could pelletise this like the project we are doing for Charlie Carp!

Kyran Crane Kyran Crane 10:24 am 16 Apr 19

Tim Crane Angela Burgoyne Tanja Vogt great article

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