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Tasmania produces more seafood by value than any other Australian state and has an international reputation for quality. The 'beach value' of all fisheries exceeds $500m, with the fast-growing Atlantic salmon industry outstripping the total of all other fisheries in value for the first time in 2007. The 'beach value' of farmed salmon was $277.7 million.The state of islands is the world's largest supplier of wild abalone, producing 25 per cent of total global production. There is an emerging abalone aquaculture sector. In 2006-07, abalone accounted for $95.93 million of total seafood exports of $151.59 million.
In 'beach value' terms, abalone was the next most valuable species after salmon at $112.4m, followed by rock lobster and crab $61.3m; oysters $16.3m; octopus and squid $2.4m; mussels $2.2m; with other species contributing a further $7.6m.
Tasmania’s seafood platter can include fresh and smoked salmon, large and cocktail-sized abalone, sweet-fleshed rock lobsters, sea trout, oysters, blue mussels, scallops, smoked eel, salmon caviar, sea urchin roe, octopus and squid, along with a range of outstanding scale fish from the unpolluted Southern Ocean. The wild catch may include bluefin and yellow-fin tuna, blue eye (travalla), orange roughy, blue grenadier, pink ling and many others.