welcome to oysters tasmania
The Tasmanian shellfish industry is a vibrant and developing marine farming sector in Tasmania. The Oyster and Mussel industry currently provides direct employment for over 300 people, who produce around 4 million dozen oysters each year, with an estimated 'farm gate' value of $24 million.
The industry is based primarily on the Pacific oyster and the Blue mussel – with hatchery-reared juveniles being grown to market size on licensed marine farms. Since the establishment of the first of Tasmania's four hatcheries in the 1980s, growers have been able to access reliable supplies of spat (baby oysters).
Culture techniques have moved from sticks to plastic mesh baskets and envelopes.
Oysters are grown around the north, east and south-east coasts of Tasmania – from the far north-west coast through to the southern part of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, south of Hobart. Most areas used by the oyster industry are leased within the intertidal zone, although there are some deeper water areas also being used. There are currently over 100 license holders leasing a total area of about 1450 ha.
who we are
Oysters Tasmania is the peak body for shellfish growers (and the hatcheries that support them) in this beautiful state. It was established in 2009 when two former associations joined with a new emphasis on an integrated industry approach. Oysters Tasmania will continue to help our members as they supply various customers with safe and delicious produce.
It is an independent, not for profit organisation that is financed by its member businesses through industry levies. These have been supplemented during recent challenging times with support from the Tasmanian and Australian Governments. Oysters Tasmania represents around 70 state-wide members raising or farming shellfish.
Oysters Tasmania is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by a Board of Directors. The current board comprises of six member directors – Dan Roden (Chair), Josh Poke (Vice Chair), Ben Cameron, Peter Dawson, Ian Duthie and Tim Pauly and one independent director Sarah Ugalde. The business employs an Executive Officer, Sue Grau.
Tasmania is the supplier of world renown oysters and mussels of consistent high quality and freshness and is a growing and sustainable industry.
As the peak body representing oyster and mussel growers and hatcheries in the state, Oysters Tasmania will support the industry to grow and develop while they supply their customers with safe and delicious produce.