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.