Peter and Frances Bender commenced salmon farming in 1986 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.
Huon is a fully vertically-integrated company, meaning that we do everything from selectively breeding brood stock for egg production, to processing salmon ready for your plate.
The lifecycle of a Huon salmon is two to three years and at each stage, the Company’s operations are underpinned by a commitment to the highest level of animal husbandry, environmental management, welfare and quality.
Huon has invested $400m over the past five years to ensure it is able to supply the growing demand for salmon in the years ahead. In order to operate on a larger scale and in areas not previously farmed in Tasmania, Huon has continued to innovate and engineer solutions by leveraging technology to position it at the cutting edge of aquaculture.
Huon Aquaculture pioneered offshore farming in Tasmania. A significant amount of research, undertaken over many years, has been undertaken to inform our operations in Storm Bay, one of the roughest aquaculture farming areas in the world. We have been successfully farming in Storm Bay since 2014 and this experience, while challenging at times, has allowed us to better develop our farming equipment and practices. At present, Huon is the only company in Tasmania farming salmon offshore.
Prior to commencing farming in Storm Bay we had closed down our shallowest inshore sites in the Huon River, to reduce our impact on neighbours and improve navigation and safety while reducing our environmental impact.
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.
Majority privately owned, the Huon Aquaculture Group produced nearly 19,000 tonnes of fish (salmon and trout) in the FY2019 and is recognised globally as being the premium producer of fresh and smoked salmon products.
Huon currently employs over 760 multi-skilled staff (January 2020) in most states of Australia and both Peter and Frances remain involved in all areas of the business on a daily basis.
The entire Huon team, from biologists to welders, divers to factory hands, accountants to analysts and industry leading sales and marketers, all play their part and take pride in producing the Huon product.
Huon prides itself on producing the world’s most love salmon. Our commitment is to always strive to do our best, produce the best, in the best place in the world.