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Four Corners: Big Fish
Big Fish
ABC  |  October 31, 2016
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You'll find it in your supermarket fridge, on sushi trains, and in fish shops all over Australia. Salmon is Australia's favourite fresh seafood and we consume tens of thousands of tonnes of it a year. This fish is not caught in the wild, it's grown and farmed in the waters around Tasmania and is a booming industry. But there's a lot consumers don't know about the making of farmed salmon. Producing salmon is big business and the industry is reaping big profits with plans to turn it into a billion dollar industry within 15 years. Reputation is important and industry players promote their businesses as being open and transparent. But those assurances are being put to the test with controversial plans by the biggest salmon company, Tassal, to expand into a new area, causing strong divisions in the community. Those community divisions have brought attention and our unwelcome scrutiny.

You'll find it in your supermarket fridge, on sushi trains, and in fish shops all over Australia. Salmon is Australia's favourite fresh seafood and we consume tens of thousands of tonnes of it a year. This fish is not caught in the wild, it's grown and farmed in the waters around Tasmania and is a booming industry. But there's a lot consumers don't know about the making of farmed salmon. Producing salmon is big business and the industry is reaping big profits with plans to turn it into a billion dollar industry within 15 years. Reputation is important and industry players promote their businesses as being open and transparent. But those assurances are being put to the test with controversial plans by the biggest salmon company, Tassal, to expand into a new area, causing strong divisions in the community. Those community divisions have brought attention and our unwelcome scrutiny.

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