Opening of new Experimental Aquaculture Facility in Tasmania

25 October 2015

EAF aerial vision

The new $6.5 million experimental aquaculture research facility was officially opened at Taroona, Tasmania, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The site will test the use of recirculation water systems in salmon production, and has specially designed tanks to control environmental conditions including temperature.

The Experimental Aquaculture Facility (EAF) is jointly sponsored by the University of Tasmania, Huon Aquaculture and Skretting Australia as industry partners, together with the Australian and State Governments. The facility is managed by the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and will enable collaborative research, particularly with the Atlantic salmon industry, on fish health and nutrition.

Managing Director of Skretting Australia, James Rose says, “We are excited by the research prospects the EAF brings to the Tasmanian industry. It provides the capacity to undertake experiments with large Atlantic salmon, which has not previously been available in Tasmania. Skretting Australia’s focus will be on the challenges unique to the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon industry, which includes developing functional feeds to support fish during high temperature conditions as well as other key research areas.”

Read the full press release at the University of Tasmania website.

 Photo: Aerial Vision Australia/University of Tasmania