Salmon and oys­ters drive Aus­tralian growth

Fish Farmer - - World News -

SALMON and oys­ters are the main driv­ers be­hind Aus­tralia’s im­pres­sive growth in fish farm­ing, says a re­port from EUMOFA, the Euro­pean Mar­ket Ob­ser­va­tory for Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture.

In 2008-09, the sec­tor was pro­duc­ing just over 70,000 tonnes of farmed fish. By 2015-16, the last year for which fig­ures are avail­able, that to­tal had risen to 97,000 tonnes.

Although a long way from the north­ern hemi­sphere, Aus­tralia’s aqua­cul­ture com­pa­nies are us­ing At­lantic salmon for their breed­ing, plus a lim­ited amount of rain­bow trout.

But the re­port says that, as in other parts of the world, trout pro­duc­tion has de­clined in re­cent years. Salmon now ac­counts for 60 per cent of all aqua­cul­ture ac­tiv­ity.

EUMOFA says: ‘Oys­ters are the se­cond most im­por­tant aqua­cul­ture sec­tor in Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing both the cul­ture of oys­ters for food util­i­sa­tion, and for the pro­duc­tion of pearls.

‘More­over, both tuna and prawns rank among the top farmed species. While the value of prawn pro­duc­tion has seen an in­crease over the past seven years, that for tuna fat­ten­ing has been stag­nat­ing.’

Salmon pro­duc­tion mainly takes place in Tas­ma­nia, ac­count­ing for 30 per cent of out­put, while other species are spe­cific to var­i­ous states.

The tuna fat­ten­ing sites are lo­cated in South­ern Aus­tralia, bar­ra­mundi and shrimp op­er­a­tions are pri­mar­ily lo­cated in Queens­land, and New South Wales, South­ern Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia are all home to edi­ble oys­ter farm­ing, while the farm­ing of abalone and blue mus­sels is car­ried out along the south­ern coast­line.

Viet­nam is the main des­ti­na­tion for Aus­tralian seafood ex­ports of all kinds, worth (Aus­tralian) $682 mil­lion a year, fol­lowed by Hong Kong at $224 mil­lion and Ja­pan at $205 mil­lion.

Above: Oys­ter farm­ing Aus­tralia

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