The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Seafood sector:
Hobart-based Echoview has won a gong at the prestigious Australian Export Awards. The software company took out the award for Digital Technologies at the 56th annual event held in Canberra last month. Echoview specialises in hydro-acoustic data that assesses fish populations for stock assessment and sustainability studies. It has customers in more than 65 countries and 95 per cent of its business comes from export sales. As he praised Echoview, Premier Will Hodgman pointed out: “The latest international merchandise exports figures confirm global demand for Tasmanian products continues to surge, with the annual export growth rate reaching 26 per cent, three times the national rate. The Tasmanian Government is committed to expanding and developing international markets for Tasmanian businesses to export their world-class goods and services globally.”
7 December 2018, Edition 201
When they set up their salmon business as a side hobby, Frances and Peter Bender – the founders of Huon Aquaculture – could never have imagined they would create history by becoming the first fish farmers to be named Australian Farmer of the Year.
9 November 2018
One of the world’s top chefs, Brazilian Alex Atala, has ‘been seduced’ by Tasmania’s seafood during a day on the water cruising the beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
8 November 2018, Edition 200
A boost for Tasmania’s world-class shellfish sector. The State Government is partnering with the shellfish and oyster industry to enhance the state’s reputation for quality seafood. This year’s State Budget delivered $400,000, over four years, to establish the Tasmanian Shellfish Market Access program (ShellMAP). Minister for Primary Industries, Sarah Courtney, says the signing of the ShellMAP agreement with Oysters Tasmania and the Tasmanian Seafood Council demonstrates how the Government is working to improve the capacity of the oyster industry to manage market access, food safety and Tasmania’s reputation for quality seafood. The new ShellMAP management committee will be led by Ian Cartwright, a marine resource management specialist with more than 30 years’ experience. He is also currently a Commissioner for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
12 September 2018, Edition 198
Savouring plump fresh Tasmanian oysters straight from the water at Freycinet is officially one of the world’s most divine food experiences. That bible of travel – Lonely Planet – has released this year’s coveted Ultimate Eatlist of top 500 dining experiences, and our oysters make the cut at the number 13 spot. The Ultimate Eatlist authors write: “As an oyster lover you owe yourself a pilgrimage to the bivalve mollusc mecca that is Tasmania. For fans of fresh shellfish the whole East Coast is a dream destination.” Food-writers, bloggers, and The Lonely Planet’s well-travelled staff, all cast votes for the ultimate list of their most memorable foodie experiences. Entries are evaluated on taste, cultural importance, and location ambience. Eating pintxos [bar snacks] in San Sebastian, Spain was voted the ultimate eat, closely followed by a bowl of curry laksa in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Sushi in Tokyo rounded out the top three foodie experiences.
12 September 2018, Edition 198
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
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
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
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
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