Salmon Facts



The Tasmanian Salmon Industry:

  • 2,290+ direct FTE jobs

  • 6,000+ indirect FTE jobs

  • The largest fishery in Australia

  • The largest Tasmanian farming activity



The Tasmanian salmon and trout farming industry currently creates 2,292 * direct FTE (full-time equivalent) jobs and over 6,000 indirect FTE jobs. The industry has a strong record of encouraging training and skills development, creating career paths to attract and retain skilled staff, especially in regional communities.

The positive impact of the industry on the economy spreads well beyond direct employment with the salmon companies, and the flow-on impacts into the broader community are significant. There is now a thriving ancillary sector providing imports to the industry such as vessels, cages, nets, feed, training, transport and logistics, and a range of contract and consultancy services.

The wages of those employed as a direct result of the industry or supporting sector drive local businesses, creating further employment in local retailers. They also underpin the viability of community services such as schools and medical facilities


The Future

Demand for seafood is expected to more than double over the next 15 years. Aquaculture jobs are secure, permanent and unionised. A quality job is more than a paycheck, it’s the foundation stone for family and community. Our industry provides, as a whole, close to 10,000 of those jobs, not dependent on the time of year nor dependent on the fluctuating tourism industry. Overall Tasmanian aquaculture has a gross production value of $826 million.* By supporting Tasmanian aquaculture you're supporting local jobs and giving and Tasmanians a future.



The Tasmanian salmon industry, while supplying just 1.6% of the world salmon supply*, is the largest fishery in Australia by both volume and economic value.*

Internationally recognised for its innovation, the industry continues to be one of our State’s great success stories of the past 30-years.

Farmed salmon has become the leading farming activity in Tasmania ahead of dairy, vegetables, poppies, pyrethrum, beef, fine wool, wine and the apple industry.*1



  1. Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), 2014. Australian Fisheries Statistics. Canberra: ABARES.

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