South Australia has an international reputation for producing premium, high quality sustainable seafood.

Our pristine waters are home to some of the world’s most sought after seafood including:

  • rock lobster
  • tuna
  • oysters
  • prawns.

South Australian seafood is in demand locally and in key global markets including:

  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • China.

In 2016-17, South Australia’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors produced around 67,000 tonnes of seafood, generating revenue of $908 million.

South Australian town Port Lincoln is known as the seafood capital of Australia due to:

  • the excellent quality of its products
  • level of port activity
  • economic benefits.

Port Lincoln’s innovative tuna industry now produces sashimi-grade tuna for export.

Discover South Australia's seafood advantages and opportunities (PDF 1.1 MB).

Safe and quality assured

The state’s aquatic environment is protected through a network of:

  • reserves
  • environmental monitoring
  • aquatic animal health programs
  • strict zoning requirements.

South Australia’s standards ensure our seafood has impeccable environmental credentials.

The development of aquaculture zoning is underpinned by research conducted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) divisions:

Our research looks into:

  • oceanography
  • environmental biology
  • fisheries science.
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