Petuna opens new hatchery

The Premier of Tasmania was among those gathered to officially open a $10 million state-of-the-art hatchery at Petuna Aquaculture recently.

The investment doubles the capacity of the centre, which can now grow 3.5 million salmon and trout a year without any increase to its environmental footprint.

The hatchery, called Cressy II, enables complete control of temperature, light and oxygen levels and employs a new system that uses less than five per cent of the water of traditional systems.

The event was also attended by the Petuna and Sealord Board members and members of the Iwi Shareholders, together with the executive team.

"It was a fantastic day and with fish now transferred to the new facility everything is running to plan," says CEO Dr Mark Porter. "On a more serious note, the very hot summer conditions have seen river temperatures hit 260C which is critically high for salmon and trout. However, the cooling systems built into both recirculation hatcheries now means our fish are protected from adverse environmental conditions."  

Petuna now supports 300 jobs across the state, with the flow-on effects of the hatchery expansion adding 26 jobs.

 

Petuna is jointly owned by the Rockliff family and Sealord

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