Peter and Frances Bender commenced salmon farming in 1988 in the beautiful waters surrounding their farming property at Hideaway Bay. What began as a diversification to the family cattle and sheep farming enterprises soon grew into a highly successful business that would dominate their commercial lives and the Huon region.
This area of southern Tasmania is renowned for its remote ruggedness. This is where water from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area flows in the Huon River and meets the Southern Ocean in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Huon’s holding pens, the largest in the world, are moved regularly to fresh locations along the waterway to keep the salmon healthy and happy – a practice known as fallowing.
Huon fish farms are located in this pristine marine environment – ensuring they stay clean and healthy – a key to the high quality of the Huon product. Strict control of feeding regimes, regular movement of cages and strategic fallowing of cage sites are among the many world’s best environmental management practices Huon follows to preserve and protect the aquatic marine environment, while rearing superior quality salmon.
To this day, Huon attributes the quality of its salmon to the philosophy of ‘getting the basics right and attention to detail’. Focused solely on the goal of growing the best quality in the world, Huon set a high standard from the very beginning to ensure everything else would fall into place.
Peter and Frances saw continuing research and development as an essential tool for achieving their aims, and set out to employ the world’s top people in their field to assist them. The company continues to lead the industry in R&D initiatives, turning research into practical innovations.
One hundred percent privately owned, the Huon Aquaculture Group produces over 10,000 tonnes of fresh salmon per year and is recognised globally as being the premium producer of fresh and smoked salmon products.
Huon currently employs over 380 multi-skilled staff in most states of Australia and both Peter and Frances remain involved in all areas of the business on a daily basis.
Huon is a vertically integrated company. It has a $7m state of the art recirculation hatchery on the edge of the South West Wilderness, marine farms, boat building and fabrication workshops, wet processing facilities and an accredited food-safe value-added smoking facility to ensure it delivers the best salmon from egg to plate.
The entire Huon team, from biologists to welders, divers to factory hands, accountants to truck drivers and industry leading sales and marketers, all play their part and take pride in producing the Huon product.
“Striving for Excellence” is the mantra of the Huon Aquaculture Group. Our commitment is to always strive to do our best, produce the best, in the best place in the world.
Huon Aquaculture Group – President’s Medal nominee.
The President’s Medal was developed by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to promote and reward profitable and sustainable Australian primary industries. RAS President’s Medal Judge and ABC Weekends Presenter, Simon Marnie, visits Tasmania to meet with Frances and Peter Bender, owners of Huon Aquaculture.
Huon Aquaculture Group were nominated in 2010 for their Banquet Slice Tasmanian Smoked Salmon.