The first yellowtail kingfish from the largest fish farm trial in NSW have been harvested at Port Stephens.

The first yellowtail kingfish from the largest fish farm trial in NSW have been harvested at Port Stephens.

Each yellowtail kingfish now weighs five kilograms and will soon be landing on consumer’s plates via the Sydney Fish Markets and Newcastle Commercial Fishermen’s Co-operative.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said aquaculture has an exciting future in NSW, with a $70 million turnover last financial year.

“The NSW Government is committed to making sure this kingfish trial is not only providing high-quality seafood, but is also seeing more jobs, traineeships and investment into the local Hunter economy.

“About 85% of seafood purchased in NSW is imported from other states or overseas, it’s time to see that number turned around – we want to see more local seafood on local plates,” Minister Blair said.

“We’re making sure that what we learn from this trial informs sustainable aquaculture here in the waters of NSW.”

The yellowtail kingfish were grown from fingerlings at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute and then airlifted to sea pens, six kilometres offshore. 

The NSW Government and Huon Aquaculture are conducting a five-year pilot trial to assess the viability and sustainability of Yellowtail Kingfish in sea pens.

The University of Newcastle is currently conducting comprehensive water quality and seafloor monitoring. 

Huon Aquaculture is a globally-recognised company, producing over 20,000 tonnes of fish each year and employing over 550 people.