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Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Commercial Fisheries 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 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.

Atlantic salmon fillets, salmon, fillets of salmonTo 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.

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. 

Recovery Rate:
Fillets (skin on, wing off): 78% from whole (gilled and gutted), 67% from whole (ungutted); an extra 3 5% is obtained by taking the remaining flesh off the fish frame.

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.

Atlantic Salmon Commercial Fishing Data for 2010 / 2011 (Australia)
Since the start of salmon farming in 1998, salmonids production has increased significantly.
Australian salmonids production has increased over the last 10 years from 14 673 tonnes in
2000–01 to 31 915 tonnes in 2009–10. This reflects a 117 per cent growth in the volume of
Australian salmonids production over the period. Most of this is attributable to the strong
growth of production in Tasmania, which accounts for over 95 per cent of Australia’s salmonids
production over this period. In 2009–10, Australian salmonids production increased by
6 per cent (1879 tonnes) compared with 2008–09, and surpassed rock lobster to be Australia’s
most valuable species group.

Most of Australia’s salmonids production occurs in Tasmania. In 2009–10, Tasmania produced
30 950 tonnes of salmonids, accounting for 97 per cent of Australian total salmonids
production. The remaining 965 tonnes were produced in New South Wales and Victoria.
The value of salmonids production rose by 13 per cent ($43 million) in 2009–10 to
$369.1 million. This increase was driven mainly by a 14 per cent ($43.2 million) increase in the
value of Tasmanian salmonids production, with Tasmania’s total production accounting for
98 per cent of the total value.

Tasmanian producers supply most of their salmonids to the domestic market. A key factor
contributing to the rapid growth in recent years has been a strong focus on marketing
salmon to Australian consumers. Additionally, the sector’s strong growth has been supported
by research and development, which has allowed the sector to adopt improved feeding
techniques and apply better disease control measures.

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.


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See Also
Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Photographs and Information
Catching Atlantic Salmon | How to Catch Salmon
Cooking Atlantic Salmon | Recipes for Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Commercial Fisheries Information
Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Links and Web Resources



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