15 February, 2016
A brand new $8.82 million fish by-product processing plant with the capability to process up to 20,000 tonnes of fish by-product per year has opened at Triabunna.
The Triabunna Fish By-Product Processing Plant was officially opened today by Senator Richard Colbeck and Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson.
Senator Colbeck said the Federal Government contributed $3.85 million to the project as part of the $106 million Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.
"The Federal Government is supporting projects that strengthen the state's economic competitiveness, boost employment and bolster productive capacity," Senator Colbeck said.
"This project is a great example of Tasmanian innovation and will help to support Tasmania's growing salmon industry and stimulate the local economy."
Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said the Triabunna project is another example of the Coalition Government's commitment to building a stronger and more prosperous Tasmania.
"This project created 30 jobs during the construction phase and provides 20 ongoing full-time jobs, increasing employment opportunities for Triabunna residents," Mr Hutchinson said.
"Commercially and environmentally sustainable, this facility will provide long term economic and community benefits to the east coast of Tasmania.
"The facility will receive salmon by-product from across the state and generate products such as high value added fish protein, fish oil, low grade fertilisers, pet food and aqua feeds to be sold through local and international markets.
"We are thrilled that this facility will be owned and operated by Tassal Group - one of the world's leaders in sustainable fishing and aquaculture."