Future of Fish Farming

Huon Aquaculture is setting a new standard for salmon farming in Tasmania.

Our move to offshore farming will be a step-change for our industry that benefits the environment and all users of our shared waterways.

Our approach to sustainable salmon farming
Between 2014 and 2015 we have completely changed the way we farm

  • We replaced every single mooring and pen on every lease, we changed the way we feed our fish and we changed the way our teams on the farm work together.
  • We use our well-boat, the Ronja Huon (the first ship of her kind anywhere in the world), to bathe our fish in freshwater and keep them healthy.
  • We closed down our shallowest inshore sites and moved our remaining sites into deeper, higher energy areas to reduce our impact on neighbours and improve navigation and safety.
  • Our Fortress Pens are a world first that bring together three decades of farming knowledge and the newest technology available.

We will continue to monitor and develop new approaches, and use the best available technology, so we can farm offshore safely.

The six principles that continue to guide our planning are:
1) increasing production responsibly and safely
2) improving the health and welfare of our fish
3) improving safety for our workers
4) reducing our environmental footprint
5) continuing to positively participate in the community
6) producing world-class salmon products in Tasmania.

Find out more about our Future of Fish Farming vision here.
Huon Aquaculture Salmonid Industry Discussion Paper.


Our Future is Offshore

Our high energy offshore sites allow us to farm Huon Salmon in waters so rough, no one on the planet has tried farming salmon there before.

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Our Fortress Pens

Designed here in Tasmania by the Huon team, our Fortress Pens are flexible enough to ride the swell of high energy offshore sites, yet strong enough to withstand the punishing weather. The combination of fast moving water and wave action increases oxygen flow through the pens and breaks down organic material faster.

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Wildlife Protection

Using a double-netted design, Huon Salmon Fortress Pens help protect wildlife. Not a single seal has requiring relocation in the last 12 months. Plus, seabird entanglements have been greatly reduced.

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Using advanced technology developed by us, our next generation feeding systems have reduced stress, mimicked natural feeding habits and producing healthier fish while reducing seafloor waste.

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Reducing Stock Density

With plenty of room to move, Huon Salmon behave more naturally. And with our low stocking densities of 99% water to just 1% fish, this gives them a clean, healthy environment in which to thrive.

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