Salmon Facts


“…Objective and scientifically robust”
— The Centre for Aquatic Animal Health and Vaccines Strategic Plan 2015-2020
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Tasmanian waters have been and continue to be extensively researched and monitored by world-class scientific organisations

CSIRO’s research history in Storm Bay began with a water quality study performed between 1985 and 1989, and has recently continued with further extensive studies using a state-of-the art underwater glider, collecting data including temperature, salinity and nutrient levels.* CSIRO also operates part of the Integrated Marine Observation System, which provides a wide variety of data about Australian waters for use by the science community.*

CONNIE3 is a modelling tool developed by CSIRO that predicts the movement of almost any substance in the ocean. Already used globally, it has direct application to the aquaculture industry,  modelling movement and dispersal of organic material in the ocean.*

From 2009-15 IMAS performed a similar study to CSIRO’s 1985-89 work, and continue to run a wide variety of programs monitoring the Tasmanian marine environment.

Future planning of Tasmanian aquaculture is predicated on an ongoing precautionary approach underpinned by science from these independent experts, and review by the Environmental Protection Agency as well as other non-government organisations who either exercise an oversight role, run their own monitoring programs or coordinate other relevant research activities.


Who are CSIRO and IMAS?

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s world-renowned national science research agency.

The Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a world-class centre of excellence for research and education at the University of Tasmania. The 2017 Centre for World University Rankings placed UTAS fourth for Marine and Freshwater Biology, and seventh for both Fisheries and Oceanography, based on IMAS’s activities. *

Thanks to IMAS for permission to link to their video about the development and ongoing management of Tasmanian aquaculture.


Uploaded by IMAS - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on 2019-03-22.. Originally posted to

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Fish Health

Tasmanian research has assisted aquaculture industries elsewhere in the world as they respond to warmer water temperatures.

Tasmanian waters are the warmest in the world used to farm salmon, giving rise to particular challenges for the industry.

The Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF) is run by IMAS in partnership with industry and government. It is an comprehensive facility, unique in the Southern Hemisphere, that looks at all aspects of the aquaculture process to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the industry.*

The Centre for Aquatic Animal Health and Vaccines, which is operated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, has developed four vaccines used in Tasmania’s aquaculture industry, dramatically reducing the need for antibiotics in the care of fish.*

The EAF and CSIRO, in collaboration with industry, conducts research into fish genetics and selective breeding programs, aimed at improving resilience to changing environmental conditions and resistance to disease, again reducing antibiotic usage.*