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Hatchery

Since the first successful shipment of brown trout eggs to Tasmania in 1864, successive generations of wild Tasmanian trout have been harvested as eggs, grown to fry and fingerling stage and released back into lakes and rivers throughout the State.

Since the first successful shipment of brown trout eggs to Tasmania in 1864, successive generations of wild Tasmanian trout have been harvested as eggs, grown to fry and fingerling stage and released back into lakes and rivers throughout the State.

IFS Hatchery

The growing of wild stock juvenile fish from eggs was previously undertaken solely at the Salmon Ponds, but in 2006, the Service built a modern recirculation hatchery facility at New Norfolk. The new hatchery commenced operating in 2007 and is capable of growing 500,000 fish per annum. It uses a water recirculation system, rather than a flow-through system used at the Salmon Ponds, with a bio-filtration unit for removing waste products and cleaning the water used in the fish tanks. It has enabled much greater control over fish growing conditions by maintaining optimal levels of water quality, temperature, light exposure and dissolved oxygen, and has allowed the Service to significantly reduce mortality rates and maximise fish growth rates compared with the operation at the Salmon Ponds.

Wild Stock Fish

The activity of harvesting eggs from wild fish, growing the stock to fry or fingerling stage of development and then releasing them back into the wild, has been undertaken since trout were first introduced to Tasmanian waters in 1864. Brown trout have not been domesticated in Tasmania apart from this short period of cultivation during the first stage of life and this species has never been commercially grown, harvested or sold except by the Inland Fisheries Service which has sole ownership for stocking of the public inland fishery.

Live Fish Sales

The Service offers for sale surplus wild stock fingerling diploid and triploid rainbow trout. These wild stock fish have been grown to fingerling size (an average weight of 20 g) at the Service’s New Norfolk hatchery from Great Lake spawners. The Service recently purchased a customized ‘trout triploiding vessel’ from France and as a result of its success in triploiding wild rainbow trout ova, the Service is now in a position to also offer triploid rainbow fingerling for sale at the same cost as diploid strains. Both diploid and triploid fingerling are available at a cost of $2.70 per fish plus GST. These fish can be purchased for farm dam stocking and private fisheries subject to approval by the Service of a stocking application permit.

Live fish transport

Prices for the fingerling trout do not cover transport cost, health certificate cost or any permits associated with their provision. The Service can provide a quote on deliveries at an hourly rate of $75.00 per hour plus GST.

For sales and delivery, contact:

Brett Mawbey, IFS Hatchery Manager
P  (03) 6261 8037
M  0429 391 534
Brett.Mawbey@ifs.tas.gov.au

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