The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

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Tasmania’s marine ecosystems are home to species found nowhere else in the world. They support world-renowned seafood industries and have been culturally important for thousands of years.

The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership (TSSP) is a partnership project between NRM South and the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC), which aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Tasmania’s seafood industry practices to conserve and restore marine biodiversity in our waterways. The State-wide project builds on partnerships between the Tasmanian seafood industry, NRM organisations, training organisations, government and regulatory authorities, and community.

OUR PARTNERS

The TSSP is hosted by NRM South and works in partnership with the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council.

FUNDING

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment funds the TSSP through Round One of the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farming Partnerships.

The Initiatives

Our kelp forests are disappearing.
So we're restoring them.

Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

Kelp Restoration

Over the past few decades, Tasmania has lost 95% of its surface canopy-forming giant kelp due to warming waters. These magnificent underwater forests contribute to carbon sequestration through photosynthesis and are a unique and integral part of Tasmania’s marine ecosystems.

Urchins are munching our oceans.
So we're putting them on the menu.

Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

Urchins

The long-spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus rodgersii) moves on warming waters along Australia’s East Coast, and now has a presence in Tasmania – an area it has previously not occupied. The urchin can have devastating impacts on kelp reefs due to overgrazing, creating expansive urchin barrens.

Tassie oysters are sensitive.
So we're monitoring their water.

Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

Oysters

Tasmanian oysters are sensitive to changes in water. This means that for periods of time, oysters are affected by different environmental events such as increased rainfall or higher water temperatures.

Stuff keeps washing up.
So we keep helping the clean-up.

Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

Clean Southern Shores

Tasmania’s south west coastline is wild, rugged and largely inaccessible. However, despite its location, significant volumes of marine debris still wash up onto these remote shores. Since 1999, a small team of dedicated volunteers have set out once a year to spend time collecting, counting, and removing tonnes of detritus as part of the Tasmanian South West Marine Debris Cleanup.

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We are lucky in Tasmania to be surrounded by fresh produce, both from the land and sea. Tasmania’s seafood industry uses adaptive management strategies informed by scientific research to make the industry as sustainable as possible. If you choose to source and purchase local seafood you are supporting local fishers and their families, and you’ll receive a top-quality product with low food miles. NRM South is working in partnership with the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council to support industry based training, school education and habitat restoration through the Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership. Whether you are a seafood lover or simply intrigued, have a look at the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council’s Eat More Seafood page to identify local suppliers and delicious recipes. They will also be launching an exciting new Seafood Trail App soon. Information about the status of various scalefish species and aquaculture can be found in reports produced by IMAS. Remember to choose local wherever possible, and enjoy!