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Abalone

Abalone

Species considered: Blacklip, Greenlip, Brownlip & Roe's Abalone

Farmed - Australia

Abalone location

Wild Caught - Australia

Abalone location
Albacore Tuna

Albacore Tuna

Common Names: Tuna

Wild Caught - Australia

Albacore Tuna location

Wild Caught - Imported

Albacore Tuna location
Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Common Names: Salmon, Tasmanian Salmon, Smoked Salmon

Farmed - Australia

Atlantic Salmon location

Region Produced: TAS

  • Atlantic salmon is a non-native species that is farmed in sea cages off the coast of Tasmania.
  • Significant environmental impacts of salmon farming have been recorded in Macquarie Harbour, which is a unique and sensitive waterway adjacent to a World Heritage Area.
  • Low levels of oxygen and dead zones have been found in the harbour, which scientists believe are linked to high salmon production. The effects of salmon farming have been recorded in the Macquarie Harbour Wilderness World Heritage Area.
  • More than a million farmed fish have died over the 2017/18 summer in Macquarie Harbour from disease exacerbated by environmental stress  including low oxygen levels in the harbour.
  • Major fish escapes have also occurred in 2018 following storm events.
  • Management actions to minimise the effects of salmon farming include reducing the amount of salmon that can be farmed and temporarily destocking some areas. It is not yet clear if these measures will be effective.
  • There are concerns that plans to dramatically expand the amount of salmon farmed in other areas of the Tasmanian coastline are not suitably cautious and could lead to high environmental impacts.
  • Interactions with Australian fur seals have been reduced through improved net designs aimed at preventing entanglements; some companies have committed to no longer euthanizing seals.
  • Over 2,000 seals were relocated from around the salmon farms in 2016. Relocations were banned in 2017, but it is not clear how seal interactions are now being mitigated.
  • The salmon farms in Macquarie Harbour also threaten an endangered marine species called the Maugean skate, which is possibly the world’s rarest skate.
  • The salmon farming industry has made improvements in other areas, such as no longer using copper-based paints to prevent marine fouling of nets and not using antibiotics since late 2016.
  • Atlantic salmon are carnivorous fish that are dependent on wild caught fish that is manufactured into fish feed. While the amount of wild caught fish used in feed has been reduced over recent years, it is currently higher than the amount of salmon that is grown in the farms, resulting in a net burden on our wild fisheries.
  • There is a strong potential for this rating to improve in future, provided that producers reduce the impact of salmon farming on Macquarie Harbour’s environment. If there is expansion, the impacts of salmon farming must be avoided in those areas.

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Atlantic Salmon classification
Australian Bonito

Australian Bonito

Common Names: Bonito

Wild Caught - Australia

Australian Bonito location
Australian Herring

Australian Herring

Common Names: Tommy Ruff

Wild Caught - Australia

Australian Herring location
Australian Salmon

Australian Salmon

Species considered: Eastern & Western Australian Salmon

Wild Caught - Australia

Australian Salmon location
Australian Sardine

Australian Sardine

Common Names: Sardine, Pilchard

Wild Caught - Australia

Australian Sardine location
Balmain Bug

Balmain Bug

Common Names: Bug

Wild Caught - Australia

Balmain Bug location

Region Caught: QLD

  • The term ‘Balmain bugs’ refers to four species of fan lobster that occur along the eastern coastline of Australia, which are managed as though they were a single species. Although there is a lack of stock status information, there are no immediate concerns over the stock status of these species.
  • The fishery interacts with threatened species, including critically endangered species of sawfish, sea snakes and pipefish. Although efforts have been made to reduce the impact of fishing on these species, catches remain significant but are not thought to be driving further declines in populations.
  • The fishery observer program in QLD was cancelled in 2012, meaning there is no independent record of the impact of the fishery on threatened species. Observation of the fishery is considered essential to the management of a sustainable fishery. It is highly likely the impact of the fishery on endangered wildlife is higher than currently recorded.
  • Balmain bugs are caught using otter trawls that operate just above the seafloor. Trawling is conducted over sandy and muddy seafloors in and around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Zoning closes 66% of the marine park to fishing and the impact of trawling over trawled habitat is not thought to be of high risk to the marine environment.
  • QLD fisheries are currently undergoing broad reforms that have a strong potential to improve this ranking in the future, provided that the reforms deliver the strong and effective management necessary to support sustainable fisheries.

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Balmain Bug classification
Banana Prawn

Banana Prawn

Species considered: White Banana & Red-legged Banana Prawn

Common Names: Prawn

Wild Caught - Australia

Banana Prawn location
Barramundi

Barramundi

Common Names: Barra

Wild Caught - Australia

Barramundi location

Farmed - Australia

Barramundi location
Basa

Basa

Common Names: Cod, Royal Basa, Mekong Catfish, Freshwater Fillet

Farmed - Imported

Basa location
Bay Prawn

Bay Prawn

Common Names: Greasyback Prawn, Greentail Prawn

Wild Caught - Australia

Bay Prawn location
Bigeye Tuna

Bigeye Tuna

Common Names: Tuna

Wild Caught - Australian and Imported

Bigeye Tuna location Imported location
Bight Redfish

Bight Redfish

Common Names: Nannygai, Redfish, Red Snapper

Wild Caught - Australia

Bight Redfish location
Blue Grenadier

Blue Grenadier

Common Names: Cod, Hoki

Wild Caught - Australia

Blue Grenadier location

Wild Caught - Imported

Blue Grenadier location
Blue Mussel

Blue Mussel

Common Names: Mussel

Farmed - Australia

Blue Mussel location
Blue Swimmer Crab

Blue Swimmer Crab

Common Names: Crab

Wild Caught - Australia

Blue Swimmer Crab location
Blue Threadfin

Blue Threadfin

Common Names: Threadfin, Blue Salmon, Blind Tassal Fish

Wild Caught - Australia

Blue Threadfin location
Blue Warehou

Blue Warehou

Common Names: Black Trevally, Sea Bream, Tasmanian Trevally

Wild Caught - Australian and Imported

Blue Warehou location Imported location
Blue-eye Trevalla

Blue-eye Trevalla

Common Names: Blue-eye Cod

Wild Caught - Australia

Blue-eye Trevalla location

Farmed - Australia

Cobia location

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