The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

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.

Image credit: Joanna Smart


The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership (TSSP) is a partnership project between NRM South and the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC). It 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 is building on partnerships between the Tasmanian seafood industry, NRM organisations, training organisations, government and regulatory authorities, and community.

Over the next 2.5 years the TSSP will address the following key objectives:

Objective 1
To develop a Sustainable Seafood Pathways Training and Skills Set Package for use within the Tasmanian aquaculture and fishing industries.

Objective 2
Deliver a Marine Biodiversity Education and Awareness Program for Schools, the seafood industry and community.

Objective 3
Conduct and support specific on-ground marine biodiversity research and restoration activities in line with the Skills Set Package and Education and Awareness Program.


Image credit: Adam Obaza, NOAA.

The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership co-invest in giant kelp restoration project

The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership (TSSP) has co-invested in the first phase of a giant kelp restoration project. Run by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), this project is supported by the National Environmental Science Program’s Marine Biodiversity Hub and the Climate Foundation.

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. The project aims to repopulate areas of giant kelp with individuals that can withstand warmer waters, to a stage where they will self-recruit. “Restoring these endangered habitats will support Tasmanian marine biodiversity and hopefully provide increased resilience to our critically important marine environments into the future”, says IMAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cayne Layton.

The TSSP team is also working on developing community and education resources about marine habitat restoration to complement their seafood-related resources. Click through the resources on this page to find out more about the TSSP, and for more information on the giant kelp restoration project visit the IMAS website.

The TSSP is hosted by NRM South and works in partnership with the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council. It is funded by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment through round one of the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farming Partnerships.

TSIC and NRM South are excited to pilot the state’s first Seafood Industry Teacher Capacity Building day (SITCap) later this year.

Marine science and aquaculture teachers from across Tasmania will participate in on-water tours and face to face interactions with marine resource managers, scientists, and industry representatives. Extending teacher’s contemporary knowledge of Tasmania’s seafood industry and marine resource management supports both classroom teaching and the future seafood industry workforce.

Through education the partnership wants to develop a workforce which values science and changing technology practices in its day to day operations to protect the marine environment and further sustainable industries.

Topics in focus include how technology supports improved sustainability, how biosecurity threats are monitored and controlled, seafood industry compliance with scientific management and the status of the local seafood market.

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!


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.

This 100% non-profit volunteer expedition is made possible in part by the help they receive from local fishermen, who take two weeks out of their working year to lend a hand and play a part in keeping Tasmania’s seas and beaches clean of debris. As well as taking the crew out to the sites for the clean up, they also bring home all the rubbish. The most recent haul from this year was in the vicinity of 70,000 pieces of debris, including items such as pieces of rope, net and – most predominantly – pieces of plastic.

Through our Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership, NRM South has co-invested with industry partners to support this venture. This co-investment, which also includes contributions from the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association, the Tasmanian Abalone Council, Ralph’s Tasmanian Seafood and Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, covered the cost of fuel for the fishing vessels.

You can find out more information about the great work that has been done by the Team Clean crew over the last 20 years at their website and you can see a wrap up video of the team’s latest expedition here:

This partnership has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.