The Tasmanian salmonid aquaculture sector is made up of three main companies. These companies are fully vertically integrated, with hatcheries, nurseries, marine grow-out, processing, value adding and retail all part of the company structure.
The salmonid aquaculture sector is the Tasmanian seafood industry’s largest sector in terms of both production and value.
1. Fun Fact
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the species of salmon farmed in Tasmania. The original bloodlines of the Salmo salar were imported from Canada in the 1960s. The first fertililsed Atlantic Salmon eggs were purchased from NSW in the 1980s. This saw the start of salmon farming in Tasmania.
2. Fun Fact
The Tasmanian salmon industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world. This industry is regulated by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
3. Fun Fact
Farmed salmon is a sustainable protein. It produces more fish per kilogram than what is utilised in the production process. [Tassal] 0.7kg of forage fish is needed to produce 1kg of Salmon. In contrast, wild Salmon need 10kg of forage fish for 1kg of growth.
4. Fun Fact
There are two aqua feed producers in Tasmania, Skretting and BioMar
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