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The salmon sector in Tasmania covers the marine farming of salmonids (Atlantic Salmon and ocean trout) and associated downstream processing. The marine farming of salmonids commenced in Tasmania in the mid 1980s and has since expanded to be a major industry within the State.

The Tasmanian salmonid industry’s competitive advantage derives from geographic location (within the biological water temperature range for salmonids), production efficiencies, reputation for clean and safe produce and proximity to its key domestic market. The industry peak body, the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers' Association (TSGA), believes that the industry has the potential to grow to $1 billion

Priorities for the salmonid sector include:

  • solutions to match the treatment of and value adding to fish waste as the industry grows
  • providing access to increased marine farm leased area on an environmentally sustainable basis
  • increased access to a world class, local research capacity to drive innovation and sustainability, to support solutions for key health, environmental and regulatory issues.

Sector summary