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Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Photographs and Information

Atlantic Salmon very closely resemble Brown Trout.  Atlantic salmon have a forked tail, a small mouth not extending past their eyes and their body scales are small.   Their back is blue to silvery blue, to brownish olive.  Their sides are silvery, their belly silvery white and they have small dark spots on the back and sides.

Atlantic Salmon are cultured commercially in Australia.  It has been carried out in Tasmania since the mid 1980's and more recently in South Australia, where sea cage farming of Atlantic Salmon has become a major part of the aquaculture industry.

Your Atlantic salmon are reared in freshwater hatcheries until they weigh between 70 and 100 grams.  They are gradually acclimatised to saltwater over a period of 5 to 7 days, before being transferred to floating, net sea cages in coastal bays for continued growing.

All fish farms are licensed under relevant State legislation that controls farm operations even including water supply and discharge.  To maintain the DISEASE FREE status of Australian Atlantic salmon products, there is a total ban on imports of salmon products, other than those canned or hot smoked.

The Atlantic salmon is different from the many species of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp), which are available in the North American market and commonly sold canned.

How do you tell an Atlantic Salmon from a Pacific Salmon?
The key distinguishing feature of Atlantic salmon is black spots on the gill cover.

Did You Know?  Atlantic salmon belongs to the same family (Salmonidae) as the trouts.

Scientific Name Salmo salar
Location Farmed in Australia (Tasmania and South Australia)
Season All year round
Size 150 cm and 38 kg
Australian Species Code 37 094001
Taste, Texture Mild distinct flavour, soft texture.


Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Atlantic Salmon fillet.

Kilojoules 541 (129 calories)
Protein 18.4 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 44 mg
Total fat (oil) 2.7 g
Saturated fat 31% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 34% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 35% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 171 mg
Omega-3, DHA 378 mg
Omega-6, AA 71 mg

Angling for Atlantic Salmon:

Atlantic Salmon very closely resemble Brown Trout.  Atlantic salmon have a forked tail, a small mouth not extending past their eyes and their body scales are small.   Their back is blue to silvery blue, to brownish olive.  Their sides are silvery, their belly silvery white and they have small dark spots on the back and sides. Most fishermen flyfish for salmon, but spinning gear can also be used. Hootchies, bait, and coyote spoons in a three and a half or four inch size are popular. Nasty Boy, green-glow, green nickel, blue nickel and Cop Car coyote spoons are often a good choice to have in the tackle box. Green glow flashers and purple haze flashers are often a good choice when fishing with plastics, spoons, and bait.



Cooking Atlantic Salmon:

Atlantic Salmon - Flesh pink/orange colour, firm but good flaking texture. Salmon fillets are good for sashimi. Salmon steaks have small bones inside. Atlantic Salmon is sold whole or as cutlets or fillets.  Excellent smoked or as sashimi.  Smoked salmon paté is very good.  Overall very good eating, although it can be dry if overcooked. High in Vitamin D. Recipes and cooking information.


Commercial Fishing for Atlantic Salmon:

In Australia Atlantic Salmon are Farmed  The Atlantic salmon was introduced into Australia in the 1960s, and local aquaculture now provides a year round supply. Product grown in Tasmania is considered among the worlds best. Atlantic salmon farmed in freshwater or brackish water tend to have gold-coloured skin, whereas those from saltwater are usually silvery blue. Atlantic Salmon commercial fishing data for Australia. Buyers and sellers of Atlantic Salmon companies and contacts listed.


Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Links and Web Resources

Interesting salmon facts, links about salmon fishing, Australian fisheries statistics, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fishing and Aquaculture Atlantic Salmon information.


Tasmanian atlantic salmon portions, fresh atlantic salmon





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