Aquaculture in Macquarie Harbour is the livelihood of 400 Tasmanian families.
120 Tasmanians are currently employed full-time on the Macquarie Harbour farms. Half of these workers are permanent residents of Strahan, and the rest are drive-in-drive-out workers living with their families across the State.
To put the industry’s value to the Strahan community in perspective, more than half the students at Strahan’s Primary School this year come from families employed in the salmon aquaculture industry.
A further 140 employees of Tasmania’s three aquaculture companies are engaged in processing and administrative roles across the State directly attributable to the farming on Macquarie Harbour. This includes Petuna and Huon Aquaculture’s processing plants in the Devonport and Latrobe region.
In addition, we estimate aquaculture in Macquarie Harbour supports at least 140 additional full-time jobs in other Tasmanian businesses across the aquaculture supply chain in Tasmania, including in manufacturing, logistics and feed production.
Research by Deloitte found the salmon industry is responsible for 17% of all employment in the West Coast and Latrobe Local Government Areas, and salmon industry jobs pay up-to 73.9% more than the average jobs in these areas.