Tassal operates three hatchery/nurseries which have the capacity to produce circa 10 million smolt a year. These smolt come from broodstock courtesy of an industry Selective Breeding Program (SBP). The smolt are majority reared at the company’s state-of-the-art land-based Rookwood Road Nursery in Ranelagh, Tasmania, with a much smaller number reared at our flow through hatchery at Russell Falls. After eight to 12 months the smolt are transferred to sea.
Tassal has four marine zones, where the standard pen has a volume of 11,600 cubic meters and holds enough Salmon to produce approximately 120 tonnes once harvested. Salmon are kept in these large sea cages for between 12 – 18 months and continue to grow until they are ready to be harvested.
Our target size is an average weight of 5.0 kg head on gutted (HOG) weight.
Our network includes:
- 3 directly controlled Salmon hatcheries and a majority ownership of industry hatchery Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania Pty Ltd (Saltas)
- 4 diverse marine farming zones
- 5 processing facilities
Plus 1 retail outlet, The Salmon Shop & 3,375 points of retail presence
CHANNEL ZONE & SOUTHERN ZONE
OUR AQUA SPA
Tassal’s well boat the Aqua Spa operates throughout Tasmania’s southern waterways as part of Tassal’s commitment to world’s best practice for our people, planet, product and performance.
Aqua Spa is being used for bathing fish in freshwater, transporting juvenile fish from our nurseries to the grow out areas in the most bio secure way, and enabling operations at higher energy locations while keeping our people safe.