A.R. Garth Fish Processor
Abalone Farms Australia Pty Ltd
AFA is a land based farm on the East Coast of Tasmania growing Hybrid and Greenlip abalone.
Abalone Farms Australia which is located at Bicheno, Tasmania, is part of the Southseas Abalone group which also has farms in South Australia and Victoria.
We produce abalone from spawning to market size depending on customer requirements. We currently hold 80 tonne, with each and every one of our abalone hand nurtured and lovingly grown in the crystal clean waters of the East Coast of Tasmania, one of the cleanest environments on earth. So we can deliver you the cleanest, sweetest, most tender abalone in the world.
Product development has seen AFA establish a brine freezing system which instantly freezes the abalone maintaining the integrity and high quality attributes of the Greenlip and Hybrid abalone. The company export brine frozen and canned abalone through our national marketing company AUSAB.
Ashmore Foods Tasmania
Ashmore Foods is a food processing and marketing company specialising in Tasmanian Seafood sourced from some of the world's best quality seafood straight from the cleanest oceans, bays and rivers in the world.
Retailing and wholesaling from HACCP facilities to local and interstate markets.
Our oysters are harvested from farms across the state, including the cool waters off Bruny Island in Tasmania's south, the sparkling bays around the east coast and the remote waters of Smithton in the state's northwest.
Our salmon comes from the Van Diemen farm, based in the beautiful Tamar Valley in Tasmania's north. Every seafood product with the Ashmore's brand is carefully selected and prepared before it is shipped to customers. It is our aim is to bring the finest seafood from the ocean to the plate as quickly and efficiently as possibl
Australian Maritime College (AMC)
As Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC) sits amongst the top 10 maritime training institutions in the world and attracts an international and national student cohort.
AMC is a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia’s fourth oldest university, and was one of seven founding members of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), which represents five continents. AMC offers qualifications in the fields of maritime engineering; marine conservation and resource sustainability; coastal and international seafaring; and maritime business and logistics management.
AMC is located across three purpose-built campuses in Australia’s southern-most state, Tasmania. At the heart of its strength lies a suite of state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including a fleet of training vessels; ship simulators; engineering workshops; firefighting, survival and damage control facilities; as well as the unique cluster of hydrodynamic facilities that include a towing tank, model test basin, circulating water channel and a cavitation research laboratory. Many of these facilities are also used commercially by maritime, marine and allied organisations – cementing AMC’s close links with industry. This means that students and graduates are able to access work experience and possible employment opportunities with these organisations.
Barilla Bay – Tasmania
Barilla Bay established in 1979 is one of Tasmania’s leading suppliers of premium Pacific oysters to interstate and local markets.
To further enhance the brand and reputation we have a gourmet produce store, a la carte restaurant and offer farm tours.
Barilla Bay Oysters are grown and harvested in Australia’s premium shellfish growing environment, the cold clean Southern Ocean waters of South East Tasmania. The delicate taste and texture of Barilla Bay Oysters reflect the natural quality of the water in which they are grown.
Barilla Bay is surrounded by fully landscaped gardens and overlooks the spectacular scenery of Pittwater and kunanyi / Mount Wellington. The relaxed atmosphere of our seafood restaurant will allow you to enjoy a totally Tasmanian dining experience. Capturing the essence of Tasmania, Barilla Bay restaurant’s focus on fresh, local produce allows the chef to create an uncomplicated and approachable style of food, we are sure you will savour as a highlight of your visit to Tasmania. Enjoy our quality casual service, contemporary cuisine, and beautiful location with friends, family, or business colleagues. Large groups can also be catered for – Barilla Bay Restaurant is available for corporate functions, wedding receptions and special events.
The retail shop sells freshly opened or unopened available daily and has an extensive range of quality Tasmanian produce for sale.
Barilla Bay also offers public and private Land Based Oyster Farm, CandyAb Abalone and Gillespie's Ginger Beer tours with complimentary shucked oysters.
Combining the best Tasmanian produce with French technique.
Bistro Camille, in Devonport Tasmania, is committed to highlighting the best of Tasmania's fresh produce, particularly the Cape Grim beef of the North West. Passionate advocates of Tasmanian food and wine, we aim to show off and promote the state's premium beef, seafood, fruits and vegetables.
Bream Creek Farmers Market
A regional farmers market set in South Eastern Tasmania developed for local producers to sell fresh local food directly from the people who know it and grow it.
The Bream Creek Farmers Market (BCFM) is a regional farmers market set in South Eastern Tasmania, developed for local producers to sell farm/garden origin and associated value-added products directly to consumers from the farmer’s backyard, providing the public with access to fresh, local food directly from the people who know it and grow it. BCFM is a not-for-profit organisation, guided by a management committee of individuals with skills and interests ranging from local farming, agriculture and food production; management, marketing and promotion; to community/social awareness and education, all passionate about fresh, local, sustainable food. The BCFM seeks to encompass a diverse variety of Tasmanian producers and products in showcasing and making accessible, fresh, local, quality produce and products while developing a local food culture that is sustainable, regional and seasonal. All produce and value added products are required to be grown and/or produced within Tasmania. The market is situated at the Bream Creek Showground, Marion Bay Road, Bream Creek, a roll down the hill, past lush green pastures, to the seaside. The market is open for trade on the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 1 pm, beginning December 2nd 2012.
Producer of high end dried greenlip and blacklip abalone for both domestic sales to all states of Australia and export into SE Asia.
Candy Ab began operations late 2011 as a direct result of the devastation caused by the Japanese Tsunami that destroyed the worlds best supply of dried abalone. Candy Ab is being regarded as a producer able attain the same high end standards of Japanese production.
Candy Ab harvests only wild caught abalone from the cleanest greenest waters from all the coasts of Tasmania. Our product is produced with abalone and sea salt, no other ingredient, totally natural.
Candy Ab has set up on the water side of the Barilla Bay Oyster site adjacent to Hobart Airport where together with Barilla Bay offer visitor experiences with tours, tastings and direct sales.
Echoview Software Pty Ltd
Echoview Software is the global leader in hydroacoustic software for fisheries research and assessment. The company's product, Echoview, is the standard for advanced hydroacoustic studies in marine and freshwater environments.
Established in Tasmania in 1995, Echoview Software now meets the needs of hundreds of research institutes, government organizations and businesses in over sixty countries. Clients include NOAA Fisheries, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, CSIRO, Marine Scotland, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology and the Fisheries Research Agency Japan.
Chef, Cookbook Author, Photographer, stylist, recipe writer, recipe & photography website, online store of Tasmania food products, books and kitchen ware.
eloiseemmett.com Cooking, writing, styling and photographing food in Tasmania with Tasmanian produce, over 150 recipes. Online store of Tasmanian Produced cookbooks and Tasmanian products and gifts.
Engineers Australia (Tasmania Division)
Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.
Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. With over 100,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Engineers Australia Tasmania Division is based in Hobart and has approximately 1300 members statewide. The Tasmania Division advocates for the recognition of the role Engineering plays in the Tasmanian economy and community and provides opportunities to advance knowledge to the benefit of the state
Freycinet Marine Farm
Freycinet Marine Farm is a world class oyster and mussel farm, owned by Giles and Julia Fisher. We also offer the very best of Tasmanian seafood at our farm gate cafe.
Freycinet Marine Farm harvests oysters and mussels daily from its own leases and brings them direct to you at their award winning farm gate outlet. We will cook or serve fresh for you to enjoy on our undercover deck or you can take away to enjoy in another beautiful location around the lovely Freycinet peninsula. We also stock a wide variety of seasonal local Tasmanian seafood, including rock lobster, abalone, salmon and scallops, urchin and a selection of the best local wine and beers to enjoy with your seafood are also available. We also offer farm tours, and partner with Saffire Freycinet who operate their exclusive wader tours at our farm.
Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd
Based in Hideaway Bay, near the mouth of the Huon River, Huon Aquaculture is Australia’s second largest producer of Atlantic salmon.
Huon Valley Seafoods Pty Ltd
Seafood Processing Plant including blast freezing facilities
Welcome to Huon Valley Seafood's
A privately owned seafood processing and packaging business, Huon Valley Seafood's Pty Ltd was established in 2000.
Located in Huonville, the gateway to the beautiful Huon Valley in Tasmania, our team is committed to delivering the best...and we have fun doing it! We are passionate about service and being viewed as the benchmark in seafood processing.
Our goal is to satisfy our customers' needs through timely delivery, providing the best value for money with efficient and courteous service and superior reliable quality products.
We are committed to:
•Understanding and responding to our customers' needs and expectations
•Providing outstanding quality
•Improving systems and/or production to generate continuous high quality and productivity levels
•Developing a trained and motivated workforce with full accountability and responsibility
•Establishing long-term relationships with suppliers and customers.
Tasmania's IGA supermarkets are independently owned and operated by local Tasmanians. They deliver a strong focus on service, value and are committed to serving the community.
Tasmania's IGA supermarkets are independently owned and operated by local Tasmanians. They deliver a strong focus on service and value and are committed to serving the community and providing fresh local produce.
With more than 80 stores trading under IGA branding, IGA customers can be assured that when they are shopping IGA they are enabling local Tasmanian businesses to continue to be active in the communities that they serve.
Tasmanian Independent Retailers (TIR) is responsible for the marketing and development of IGA stores in Tasmania whereas Island Fresh Produce (IFP) is responsible for the distribution of fresh fruit and vegetable products into stores.
In addition to direct employment, IGA stores’ trading activities indirectly provide support and employment opportunities for thousands of other Tasmanians. IGA members keep local money circulating locally, creating significant revenue and investment spin-offs throughout the State.
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), established in 2010, comprises the University of Tasmania's internationally recognised expertise across the full spectrum of temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic research and education.
Kai Ho Ocean Treasure
Kai Ho Ocean Treasure harvests, processes and markets Tasmanian sea vegetables for the edible market. Kai Ho aims to be the premier supplier of edible seaweed products in Australia.
Kai Ho Sea Vegetables aims to be the premier supplier of edible seaweed products in Australia. These will be primarily Tasmanian sourced and be valued for their quality and reliability of supply building on the Tasmanian Brand. All products sold will have been acquired while respecting the environment from which they came.
King Island Brand Management Group
King Island Brand Management Group is a Special Committee of King Island Council, comprised of local representatives. The group aims to champion the values of King Island Brand and ensure continued community support.
Activities will build on the strengths of established perceptions of King Island through the quality and promotion of its dairy, beef, seafood, rainwater products and tourism while ensuring any of these established perceptions are not compromised through implementing Brand King Island.
Products registered for use of King Island Brand logo: King Island Tourism Inc. and King Island Seafood
Lobster Shack Tasmania
Lobster Shack Tasmania - providing fresh premium Tasmanian seafood.
Lobster Shack Tasmania - situated on the foreshore of the beautiful East Coast town of Bicheno - provides a unique and enticing Tasmanian seafood experience. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy fresh-caught, premium seafood, all while taking-in the magnificent views from its envied waterfront location. Seafood available includes our signature Southern Rock Lobster both live and cooked, deep sea fish, Atlantic Salmon, Ocean Trout, fresh local Oysters, fresh seafood platters, and many more Tasmanian seafood delicacies.
Melshell Oysters provide a superior oyster experience from the waters of Great Oyster Bay. Premium Oysters are sold at our farm gate at Yellow Sandbanks, Dolphin Sands Tasmania.
We are encouraging the hunter gatherers visiting the east coast to come to our farm and get some of the freshest oysters available.
Visitors have described our produce as “Blindingly Fresh” and “Dolly Parton Plump”. Another customer claimed “Melshell Oyster has no peer in our region and possibly in the whole of Tasmania. A big claim, to be sure, however I can personally vouch they were superb”.
We now have ½ shell oysters and live oysters available.
Mures is an iconic Tasmanian family business that offers customers a variety of quality seafood which is sustainably caught and sourced with an emphasis on Australian wild catch.
Mures has an excellent selection of seafood most of which is caught abroad their own line fishing vessel, Diana, as well as a variety of wild catch and farmed species.
The Mures affinity for the sea and fishing spans over 40 years where their seafood is delivered in a timely and professional manner, reflecting the exceptional standard that Mures is famous for.
Local seafood is smoked, spiced, cured and pickled to produce Mures award-winning gourmet product range using original recipes, time honoured techniques and the care that only comes from long family tradition. The range includes traditional smoked salmon and trout, pates and terrines, sauces, soups and a unique range of European delicacies. Their fish are smoked in small batches using Tasmanian Oak and sliced by hand. Such attention to detail imparts the refined flavour and texture unique to Mures and ensures superior quality and consistency with every product.
Oysters Tasmania is the peak body representing oyster and shellfish growers throughout Australia’s beautiful island state. The Tasmanian oyster industry is a vibrant and developing marine farming sector in Tasmania. The Tasmanian oyster industry currently provides direct employment for over 300 people, who produce around 4 million dozen oysters each year, with an estimated ‘farm gate’ value of $24 million.
Two complementary associations, the Tasmanian Shellfish Executive Council (TSEC) and the Tasmanian Oyster Research Council (TORC), collaborated to form Oysters Tasmania in 2009. Oysters Tasmania employs an executive officer service to coordinate and communicate the objectives and activities of these not-for-profit organisations.
Petuna Pty Ltd (Petuna Seafood)
Petuna, by Peter and Una Rockliff, is proudly Tasmanian since 1949.
Shellfish Culture Ltd
Sheelfish Culture is an oyster hatchery with operations in Tasmania and South Australia.
Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd
Spring Bay Seafoods produces, processes and markets blue mussels, scallops, abalone and Pacific oysters that are sought after by connoisseurs of fine food from around the world.
The company's blue mussels and most of its scallops are produced in its 3,500 hectare marine farm, which lies four miles offshore in pristine, sheltered waters adjacent to Tasmanias Maria Island National Park. This unique facility, which is the largest sub-surface marine farm in Australia, is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of strong cold local currents, providing exceptional conditions to produce a range of mussels and scallops that are considered by many culinary experts to be the best in the world.
Spring Bay has recently become the first company in Australia to market clean shaven mussels. The company has installed an innovative system at its state-of-the-art processing facility in Triabunna that removes the beard and leaves the mussel looking well groomed and ready for the pot.
Importer to Hong Kong and China of premium fresh produce, seafoods, wines and gourmet foods sourced from Tasmania for the high end F&B, premium supermarkets and home delivery markets.
Tasmania is well regarded in Asia as THE WORLD'S NATURAL LARDER - a source of high quality foods, products that are the result of passionate producers, rich soils, cleanest water, freshest air, that taste better and are more nutritious.
We are importer and distributor into Asia of Tasmanian sourced produce to international markets in Asia namely, Hong Kong and China, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan.
The portfolio includes fresh and frozen salmon, cold smoked salmon, mussels, abalone, oysters, cherries, apples, cider, milk & cheese, truffles, Manuka honey and others gourmet foods under the Brand Tasmanian grocer, as sourced from Tasmanian growers and producers for the high end F&B and premium retailers and online shops.
We source seasonal products direct from these producers for optimum freshness and quality and market them and their product stories in Asia under the brand umbrella of Tas'Mania ... together with a trust mark as to the source to attest to the authenticity of the produce.
Tasmania Maritime Network
The Tasmania Maritime Network comprises the heart of the maritime industry, boasting innovative and world leading companies with leading edge products, technology and services, supported by highly adaptive and skilled workforces.
Tasmanian Eel Exporters
Live wild freshwater eel exporters (Anguila australis and Anguila rheinhardtii) both species native to Tasmania sent directly by air to Mainland Australia and overseas markets predominately in Japan, South Korea and China. Suppliers of hot smoked eel.
Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association (TRLFA)
The Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association is a not for profit organisation formed in 1985 to represent the interests of rock lobster fisherss
The TRLFA Ltd is the Government recognised peak representative body for the commercial rock lobster fishery in Tasmania. Its role is to represent,advocate and promote the rights, best interests and views of its members to Government, regulatory bodies and non-government organisations. This role includes the promotion of the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery and southern rock lobster(jasus edwardsii) both nationally and internationally
Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) is the peak body representing the interests of wild capture fishers, marine farmers and seafood processors in Tasmania.
Tasmania is the largest producer of seafood by value in Australia and is a supplier of high quality fresh and frozen seafood produce to the 8 out of 10 Australians who buy seafood and to valuable export markets, principally in South-east Asia.
The Council works in conjunction with the industry sector groups to ensure that all sectors of industry are ecologically sustainable and make an ongoing economic contribution to the Tasmanian economy, particularly in regional areas.
The activities of the Council are overseen by a Board that is elected biannually by TSIC members. While the primary focus of TSIC as an industry representative organisation is on the generic issues that are 'cross sectoral' in nature, the industry sector groups focus more closely on the issues that are of concern specifically to their sector. Issues include management arrangements, compliance, research and market access.
Tassal Group Ltd
For over 28 years, Tassal has been bringing delicious, fresh and healthy Tasmanian Atlantic salmon from our pristine waters to your table.
Tassal commenced operations in 1986 and today is Australia’s largest aquaculture company with over 800 employees who are committed to providing Australians with sustainably and responsibly sourced salmon. Tassal produces fresh, smoked, canned and frozen salmon products and sell through Australian grocery and wholesale markets under the Tassal and Superior Gold brands. With passion and years of innovation and knowledge, the company is committed to bringing you the world’s most delicious salmon along with cooking tips and easy recipe ideas for every season and occasion.
The Jellyfish App Pty Ltd
A Global GPS based App, that informs /identifies/location based alerts and provides first aid advise for a jellyfish species around the world.
This product was designed and created totally within Australia, Tasmania to be specific.
This innovative App is the only one of its kind in the world whereby through a feature of the paid version allows the user to interact with the worlds leading authority on the species of Jellyfish.
the app has been in operation since dec 2016 and has now been downloaded into 61 different countries, and through its News section is attempting to partner with Tasmanian businesses to help promote their story and therefore obtain global exposure.
the App is available for both iPhone, iPad or Android phone devices, the app has just been converted to include a Chinese language version and is currently being adapted for the French language.
To obtain further information please visit www.thejellyfishapp.com
The state's (and countries) finest producer of smoked Ocean Trout and Smokes Salmon Products.
Woodbridge Smokehouse uses Atlantic Salmon and Ocean Trout grown in the pristine ocean waters of Tasmania to make our award winning smoked fish product range. The fish we use are specially selected for curing in sea salt and sweet Demerara sugar and are then slowly smoked with a special combination of Applewood and Oakwood chips and other seasonal woods for 12 hours to deliver an intense yet balanced flavour.
Situated on the verdant south-east coast of Tasmania, Woodbridge Smokehouse is set in our own 25 acre organic apple orchard. Traditional hand-smoking processes using our own fruit tree wood create the delicate and distinctive flavours for which Woodbridge Smokehouse is renowned.
Hooked on trout tourism
Tasmania has some of the world’s best trout fishing, attracting not only local anglers, but also enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Now moves are underway to grow it further, with the state budget containing extra funding to market and promote angling. This includes a $100,000 sponsorship to back Tasmania hosting the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships. Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney told The Advocate: “A strong fishery creates flow-on benefits to rural businesses and communities through increased tourism and regional jobs.” Other initiatives are also being considered to encourage more anglers to head to our rivers and lakes in their pursuit of the elusive trout. A report prepared by inland fisheries stated that priority must be given to developing fisheries close to population centres; encouraging female participation in the sport; accessing private dams for public fishing; and developing new fisheries alongside irrigation infrastructure.
3 July 2018, Edition 196
Uni seeks lobster partners
Australian companies are being offered the chance to collaborate with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to develop the first viable rock lobster hatchery. Rock lobsters may be one of the most highly prized seafoods but up until now it has proven virtually impossible to raise them from eggs in a commercial hatchery. Their long and complex life cycle has previously precluded any sustainable aquaculture. But now, breakthrough research at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart has developed the first viable rock lobster hatchery making it possible to establish a sustainable industry for lobster production. The research, developed over 17 years, includes disease control, nutrition protocols and overcoming long-standing density challenges. According to UTAS Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Brigid Heywood: “This breakthrough has created exciting commercial opportunities for Australian companies interested in establishing rock lobster aquaculture ventures.” Expressions of interest are being invited from potential industry partners to help develop the first successful lobster aquaculture venture.
3 July 2018, Edition 196
Salmon for chefs
The world can’t get enough of Tasmania’s salmon, and chefs are the big winners with a new product launched onto the market. Local salmon producer – Huon Aquaculture – has released a new Chef Series product range designed especially for food service professionals. Huon co-founder, Francis Bender explained: “Over the years, we have worked closely with a lot of chefs and we have listened to what they need in their kitchens; the same Huon quality but in larger quantities and with less fiddly packaging. This is how our Chef Series came to life.” This new range includes pate and caviars in larger 1kg sizes. There is also a new banquet-ready salmon that is hand-sliced horizontally and unique to Huon. Francis and Peter Bender established Huon aquaculture in 1986. The company now produces approximately 24,000 tonnes of salmon every year from farm sites around Tasmania.
3 July 2018, Edition 196
Expressions of Interest for Trade Mission
Tasmanian businesses are being invited to join a Trade Mission that Premier Will Hodgman will be leading to Asia later in the year. Expressions of Interest are being sought from businesses that wish to be involved in the Mission that will visit key markets, including China and Hong Kong, in September. Capitalising on the current boom in Tasmanian exports, the delegation will focus on agribusiness, Antarctic affairs, tourism and trade. As the Premier explained: “By taking Tasmania to the world we can continue to remain competitive and open up new opportunities in global markets for Tasmanian businesses.” Tasmania’s export sector is worth $3.5 billion annually, and over the last 12 months alone that figure has jumped by 36%. Expressions of Interest to join the 2018 Trade Mission to Asia close on June 29. For further information visit: www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au
12 June 2018, Edition 195
All roads lead to Bridport for scallop lovers in August. The north-east village is getting ready to host the first Tassie Scallop Fiesta, an event sure to draw crowds of eager seafood lovers. The fiesta will celebrate the arrival of the first scallops of the season, while also recognising Bridport’s key role in Tasmania’s scallop industry. The scallop boats may be too big to pull into Bridport these days, but one of the state’s biggest operators, Allan Barnett, still runs his processing plant in the seaside village. Festival organiser, Tony Scott, told The Examiner he was inspired by the success of Tasmania’s winter festivals: “We thought, how about we try and inject a bit of activity into the village when it’s not quite as active in the wintertime.” So, if you fancy scallops fresh off the boats, just head to Bridport on August 5.
12 June 2018
A Tasmanian scientist has been honoured with a prestigious national award for helping to unlock the mystery of a deadly virus decimating the oyster industry.
11 April 2018
Salmon school targets jobs
An innovative school program is setting-up Tasmanian youngsters for jobs in one of our boom industries: salmon farming. Huonville High School, in the state’s south, has introduced a course in aquaculture which specifically trains grade 11 and 12 students for jobs in the salmon industry. It was introduced by teacher Steve Harrison who recently won a national award for his efforts. Mr Harrison – one of 12 teachers to win a Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award – told the Australian Financial Review: "We set-up our training organisation as though it was a workplace,” adding typical jobs students may take-on, included fish farm attendant, or as feed controller. The students leave school well equipped with a Certificate Two in Aquaculture and Maritime Operations. Huonville High School is ideally located to teach aquaculture. It is at the epicentre of salmon farming which is one of Tasmania’s biggest industries, pumping some $700m into the economy every year and directly employing around three thousand people.
11 April 2018, Edition 193
Anglers enjoy kingfish escape
Local fishermen enjoyed a bonanza at the expense of Huon Aquaculture when about 20,000 farmed yellow-tailed kingfish escaped from one of five "fortress pens" being used in a fish-farming research project near Port Stephens, NSW. A spear-fishing group shot 60 of the large fish near Broughton Island, reaching their bag limit in an hour, while a commercial fisherman said he had taken six tonnes in a session, some of them scooped on board with a net. The pellet-raised fish are attracted to boat noises, making them easy prey. The fish escaped when rough weather on 18 January breached one of a number of pens used in the joint venture between Huon Aquaculture and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Kingfish are endemic to the area and the escapees descend from local stock, but environmentalists expressed concerns about the impact they could have on the local ecosystem. The department said: “DPI doesn’t believe that the number of fish remaining at large is significant in terms of the total wild yellowtail kingfish population in the area.” A spokesperson for Huon Aquaculture said more than 3,000 kingfish had been recaptured and the company was not concerned that the equipment failure would impact on its plans to use identical pens for salmon farming in Tasmania’s Storm Bay. “Preliminary findings ... indicate the nets detached from the sea pen as a result of barnacles cutting through ropes,” she said. The species of barnacle that did the damage does not occur in Tasmania.
8 March 2018, Edition 192
BioMar plans $56m aqua-feed plant
Danish-owned BioMar Australia has released plans to develop a $56 million fish-feed facility at Wesley Vale. Managing Director, Paddy Campbell, said construction would start in July, subject to planning approval. The first fish-food pellets would be produced in September 2019. The project will generate 55 direct jobs in the northern's town moribund particle board mill. Dr Campbell said at least 30 additional jobs would be created across the region through various service and logistical roles. He promised a "world-class, state-of-the-art operation that would produce up to 110,000 tonnes of pellets a year. “At the moment we are exporting $65 million worth of aqua feed to Tasmania,” Dr Campbell said. “Tasmania is the centre for aquaculture in Australia ... we’ve already got customers here and there’s a strong business case to be here.” BioMar exports to Tasmania from factories in Scotland and Chile. As well as supplying local fish farms, the Wesley Vale plant will export to New Zealand and other countries.
8 February 2018, Edition 191
Brand Tasmania's long-serving Food and Wine Writer, Graeme Phillips, taps out his final story for our newsletter: serving up a 37-year Tasmanian gastronomic saga.
5 December 2017, Edition 190