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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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The depletion of the wild fishery, especially in the 1980s, and the marked cyclical changes in scallop abundance, have encouraged the development of a cultured scallop industry.

Through cooperation between local fishermen, Japanese technologists and the Tasmanian Government, a company was set up to develop the culturing techniques for the scallop industry. It is based at Triabunna and has a special lease covering a substantial area of Mercury Passage and Great Oyster Bay. Early attempts at bottom re-seeding were unsuccessful, but the company has survived using hanging culture methods.

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