Tassie Seafood

Facts and figures

  • Tasmania is the only State capable of supplying ocean trout 12 months of the year.

  • About 4 million oysters are harvested every year, generating income of more than $24 million.

  • Scientists in Tasmania have developed superior Pacific oysters that grow faster and look and taste better.

  • Tasmanian oysters can be improved through genetic selection because they are farmed in a closed system. In most other parts of the world stocks are recruited from the wild, so genetic control is impossible.

  • Australia’s biggest mussel producer, Spring Bay Seafood near Triabunna, has achieved Friend of the Sea certification – an international badge of environmental sustainability.

  • Quota units in the abalone fishery are owned by numerous operators and investors. To fish for abalone you must have one of the 125 abalone dive entitlements.

  • Two abalone species are harvested in Tasmania: blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra); and greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata).

  • Tasmania’s use of high resolution GPS and depth data in assessing abalone resources is a world first.

  • The vast majority of the Tasmanian abalone catch is exported live to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan.

  • Tassal, the State's largest salmon farmer, was ranked world No 1 by seafoodintelligence.com in 2016 for sustainability reporting and transparency.