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Hatchery salmon success for Huon Aquaculture. In another first for Huon Aquaculture, the biggest hatchery-grown salmon in the southern hemisphere are being transferred to sea.

The salmon will be in excess of 1kg, matching the size of a small proportion of salmon grown on-land by the world’s leading salmon companies based in Norway and the Faroe Islands.

David Mitchell, Huon Aquaculture’s Freshwater General Manager said, “Huon is setting a new benchmark for salmon farming in Tasmania.

“This has only been possible as a result of Huon’s new $43M Whale Point nursery – by growing the salmon on land to this size in larger tanks, we are significantly reducing the time the fish will spend at sea, further improving the company’s environmental performance allowing longer fallowing and improving biosecurity.

“Whale Point is the jewel in the crown of our freshwater farming operations, and I am excited to see such large, high-quality salmon leaving the nursery to go to sea in our first production trial of fish this size, said Mitchell.

The production trial will monitor fish performance as they grow to harvest size at 5-6kg.

“The salmon have been on-grown at Whale Point for seven months which will result in a reduction of time spent at sea by between 30-40 per cent from an average of 14 months, to 9 to 10 months.

“This will have significant benefits and will allow us to grow the fish to market size within a year.”

Whale Point uses world-leading water recirculation technology that cleans and re-uses 98 to 99 per cent of the freshwater in which the fish are grown. This enables the water to be reused repeatedly with the remaining one to two per cent going to waste treatment. The nursery has zero discharge to the environment due to the collection and composting of the fish nutrients for use by farmers.

“These trial salmon will be stocked into pens in the Huon and Channel where we will closely monitor their performance to harvest,” finished Mitchell.