Green Patch resident earns Churchill Fellowship Award

FELLOWSHIP: Andrew Christian is one of 112 people across Australia to receive the 2020 Churchill Fellowship Award.

FELLOWSHIP: Andrew Christian is one of 112 people across Australia to receive the 2020 Churchill Fellowship Award.

A Green Patch man will look to build his knowledge and experience in seaweed production as one of 112 Australian recipients of the 2020 Churchill Fellowship Award.

The Winston Churchill Trust announced the newest fellowship recipients on Monday, who will have the chance to travel overseas to look further into a topic they are passionate about.

Andrew Christian has received the Richard Rischbieth Churchill Fellowship to help expand his knowledge on seaweed production in an ocean based environment.

While current travel restriction will not allow him to travel, once it is safe to do so Mr Christian will be travelling to countries including Vietnam, Norway, Portugal and the United States to learn more.

Mr Christian said he was honoured, surprised and excited to be one of this year's fellowship recipients.

He said seaweed production was an emerging part of Australia's aquaculture industry, particularly with asparagopsis which is being produced as a feed supplement to reduce methane emissions in livestock.

"There's always going to be things to pick up on with materials and methods...to help slingshot us forward a few years in our development," he said.

Mr Christian said he was about learning the "nuts and bolts" about the industry and learn about infrastructure and methods that could be adapted to the local environment and to producing asparagopsis in Port Lincoln.