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Video Salmon Growing in Tasmania: video

TLF ID M020822

This is a video [5:52 min] about large scale farming salmon at Huon Aquaculture in southern Tasmania. It illustrates the the operation of the aquaculture business, its infrastructure, the salmon life cycle and the efficiency levels of salmon production gained. The commentary initially focuses on the importance of aquaculture in feeding the world; how Huon Aquaculture achieves vertical integration; and how the production value of farmed salmon compares to wild-caught. The next part focuses on the fish pens used in the aquaculture operation, the value of small research pens, the design of full-size production pens, and explains the need to prevent seals from raiding the pens. The video concludes by presenting viewers with a challenge to design a safer, healthier and more secure fish pen.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly valuable resource for studies of aquaculture in the curriculum contexts of design and technologies and economics and business. In design and technologies it is relevant to the content description in years 7 and 8 referring to analysing how food is produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable. In years 9 and 10 the video is of considerable value for content descriptions about investigating and making judgments on the ethical and sustainable production of food and on how materials, systems, components and equipment can be combined to create designed solutions.
  • Huon Aquaculture, one of Tasmania's leading salmon producers, could be used as an interesting case study for the content description in year 8 economics and business about the types of businesses and the ways that businesses respond to opportunities in Australia. The video's discussion of the company's two types of vertical integration and its use of on-site research pens is also supportive of the year 9 content description that refers to how and why businesses seek to create and maintain a competitive advantage in the market, including the global market.
  • David Whyte's discussion of the benefits of farmed salmon as food compared to wild-caught salmon may be of value for the incorporation of the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority in subjects such as economics and business. His conclusions are of relevance to the priority's organising idea that designing action for sustainability requires, among other things, balanced judgements based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts. 
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: AgriFood Skills Australia
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • © AgriFood Skills Australia 2015. Except where indicated otherwise, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license