Petuna is a privately-owned Tasmanian success story, established by Peter and Una Rockliff in 1949. Originally a fishing company, Petuna diversified into aquaculture in 1990.
Today Petuna’s core values are recognising that aquaculture should complement and co-exist with wild catch activities, respecting the longevity of the natural environment in which they operate.
While the company is the state’s smallest salmon farming business, it is Australia’s largest domestic retail supplier of salmon. Petuna is now one of the state’s largest job creators, employing more than 180 people.
Employment opportunities and Diversity of Employment
Petuna’s team is made up of 90 per cent local employees. We pride ourselves on creating a diverse range of employment opportunities for Tasmanians in regional areas, such as Devonport, Cressy and Strahan.
Our job opportunities cover a wide variety of fields, including marine biology, veterinary science, sustainability and environmental science, marine operations (freshwater and saltwater), research and development, community engagement, management, quality and processing, work health and safety, legal, human resources, sales and marketing, finance and retail.
Petuna employs people from a rang of backgrounds, with a strict no discrimination policy based on race, religion, disability, age or gender. We have a multicultural workforce with a diverse range of qualifications and skills across the organisation.
Our people come first at Petuna and as such, we invest in health and wellbeing programs as well as training and development opportunities for our employees.
Importance of Aquaculture to Tasmania
The Tasmanian seafood industry is the most valuable seafood industry in Australia, with a production value of $825.6 million. The industry directly employs an estimated 3,439 FTE positions. Seventy-five per cent of the seafood workforce is employed in the aquaculture sector, including salmon processing. Of that, 67 per cent is employed full time and almost half is under 40 years of age.
The gross value of marine farming in the state is $651 million. Salmonids are worth $626 million alone and employ 2,090 direct FTE positions. As many as 5,200 jobs in associated businesses rely on the salmon industry.
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