Have you ever wanted to own your very own abalone farm?
Well, now is the time to act, with “a major player in the aquaculture industry” offering its 30ha abalone farm for sale.
Located Tasmania’s pristine east coast, Tasmanian Abalone Farms has been established since 1997 and holds “unique aquaculture licences”.
The freehold business offers nearly 30ha of land, a large loyal customer base, tourism opportunities, 1000sq m building size and potential to improve or expand.
The farm presents an opportunity to provide abalone retail, wholesale and export but also has great potential to take advantage of the large land area.
No.12868 Tasman Highway, Swansea is listed with Brick & Castle and will be sold by expressions of interest.
What makes Tasmania perfect for abalone?
As wild abalone stocks continue to fall rapidly around the world, Tasmania has established protections including gear and area restrictions, size, bag and possession limits. A licence is also required to take abalone recreationally.
Abalone can also be farmed in land-based tanks, which need large volumes of high quality water continually pumped through.
Land-based farms are usually fed artificial feeds, although some are fed a combination of seaweed and artificial feed.
Breeding stock is regularly collected by divers from the wild, with female abalone able to produce more than one million eggs per spawning period.
Juvenile abalone spend from eight to 12 months in settlement tank – they grow to a length between 10 to 15mm.
The abalone are then moved to a “grow-out” tank until they are harvested after reaching a size of about 70 mm or 50g.
Most land based abalone farms are 24-hour operations involving continuous monitoring of the water systems and stock, with any interruption to the water supply or water temperature dangerous to the production.