Seafood

Seafood

The commercial fishing industry is the fifth most valuable Australian rural industry after beef, wool, wheat and dairy.

About 600 marine and freshwater seafood species are caught and sold in Australia (under about 300 marketing names) for local and overseas consumption. Australia is one of the largest producers of abalone and rock lobster, and Australian South Sea Pearls are considered the most valuable in the world.

Aquaculture is carried out in the ocean, in tanks housed in sheds using recirculating equipment and in freshwater dams and purpose-built ponds. Research is also being conducted into possibilities for aquaculture to be undertaken in inland areas affected by salinity. This industry sector provides opportunities in aquaculture industries at both technician and management level.

Aquaculture is carried out in the ocean, in tanks housed in sheds using water-recirculating equipment and in freshwater dams and purpose-built ponds. Research is also being conducted into possibilities for aquaculture to be undertaken in inland areas affected by salinity. This industry sector provides opportunities in aquaculture industries at both technician and management level. Seafood-processing skills are required in a range of industry settings.

South Australia has a small population with a large coastline boasting some of the cleanest waters on the planet. The lack of rainfall also ensures that limited pollutants enter the waterways and oceans and all this provides the perfect environment for aquaculture.

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