Employment and financial returns

This page is under development, it provides information about employment benefits, risks and options for the salmon industry, and its financial benefits to federal, state and local government, and the community

Surely fish farms are essential to Tasmania because of the income and jobs they generate?

  • Yes, but fish farms employ around one percent of the Tasmanian workforce. What’s more, employment is dropping because of remote feeding and monitoring technology, and more automated new ships. There is related employment in downstream industries such as logistics, transport, wholesaling and retailing, but most if not all of these jobs would remain if the industry were to move entirely on land.
  • Fish farmers pay very little to use our waterways or fresh water. The cost of leases in other parts of the world is far higher, and much of the money raised goes specifically to local communities. Not so in Tasmania. All three salmon companies are 100% overseas owned so all profits go overseas.
  • Relative to salmon farming, our tourism, hospitality and agricultural industries are far more important, and will suffer reputational damage if current fish farming operations continue unchanged and unchecked.