South Australia’s clean waters are home to some of the world’s most sought after premium quality and sustainable seafood, with our highly prized Southern Bluefin Tuna featured on menus in upmarket Japanese sushi bars and our rock lobster showcased in five star restaurants in China.
South Australia’s seafood industry extends from Ceduna in the west, right along the state’s 3,800 kilometres of coast, to the south-east fishing hubs of Robe and Port MacDonnell as well as south to Kangaroo Island.
Port Lincoln, on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula is Australia’s seafood capital, home to one of the largest and diverse fishing fleets in the Southern Hemisphere and a major centre for aquaculture and wild catch fisheries.
There is a diverse range of commercial fisheries and seafood processors all producing large scale high value products, including Southern Rock Lobster, Southern Bluefin Tuna, oysters, mussels, prawns, abalone and Yellowtail Kingfish.
South Australia is recognized internationally for its world-class fisheries and aquaculture management, supporting a global reputation for premium quality, sustainable seafood.
There is also a diverse land-based aquaculture industry with farmed freshwater and marine finfish, barramundi, trout, marron, yabbies, algae and marine molluscs.
Management of the marine ecosystem through environmental monitoring, aquatic animal health programs and strict zoning requirements, ensures South Australian seafood is supported by systems and standards that ensure sustainability.
Some of our seafood industries have achieved internationally recognized independent accreditation. The Spencer Gulf King Prawn Fishery was the first king prawn fishery in the world to gain the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council certification. Pipi and sardines have also attained this high international sustainability standard. Within the aquaculture sector, Clean Seas Seafood Limited has attained the equivalent Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification for Yellowtail Kingfish. The Port Lincoln based Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association has attained Friend of the Sea certification.
South Australian seafood is exported throughout the world with particularly strong demand coming from China, Hong Kong and Japan.