About Us

About Us

Austral Fisheries catches and sources sustainable, quality seafood.

Austral Fisheries is one of Australia’s largest integrated commercial fishing companies with interests in both deep sea fishing and at sea prawning.  We are proud to be recognised for our responsible fishing practices and continuous efforts in maintaining our environmentally friendly and sustainable methods that sees all four of the Australian fisheries we operate in as being independently certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council, as well as the company being certified as carbon neutral under the Australian Government Carbon Neutral Program.

Austral Fisheries’ deep sea fishing activities involve the operation of 3 longline vessels, including a dual purpose longline-trawl vessel.  All of which are equipped to survive the world’s harshest weather conditions as experienced in Australia’s sub-Antarctic zones.  These vessels specialise in catching Patagonian Toothfish and Mackerel Icefish.

Austral Fisheries’ prawning component involves the operation of a fleet of 10 prawn trawlers in the Northern Prawn Fishery off the coast of northern Australia catching Banana, Tiger and Endeavour Prawns.  The fishery was established in the late 1960’s and is Australia’s most valuable fishery managed by the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Fishing Operation

Timor Reef Fishery

The Timor Reef Fishery covers a 29,000 km2 area known as the Timor Box and Austral has one trapping vessel operating here, catching goldband snapper and similar tropical reef fish.  The fishery is located in the remote pristine waters north-west of Darwin, and is sustainably managed by the Northern Territory Government through a limited number of licenses.  The Total Allowable Catch is assessed annually.

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Heard Island

Our Southern Ocean fleet operates around Heard Island, 4,000km south-west of Perth, which is part of Australia’s sub-Antarctic territories.

Heard Island is home to Australia’s only active volcano, the Big Ben, which is permanently covered in snow and cloud and dominates the island’s topography. Here, we are entitled to catch Patagonian toothfish and Mackerel icefish, and have been working in this fishery since 1996.

We have also been involved in the Macquarie Island toothfish fishery, south-east of Tasmania, since 1994.

These three fisheries are certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Northern Prawn Fishery

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is often referred to as Australia’s last ‘wild frontier’, across Australia’s top end. The fishery extends from the low water mark to the outer edge of the Australian fishing zone. Its eastern extremity lies at Cape York in Queensland and stretches west to Cape Londonderry in Western Australia.

52 vessels are licensed to operate in the MSC certified NPF, which covers approximately 880,000 km2. Less than 12% of this area is fished.

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Northern Prawn Fishery

The Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is often referred to as Australia’s last ‘wild frontier’, across Australia’s top end. The fishery extends from the low water mark to the outer edge of the Australian fishing zone. Its eastern extremity lies at Cape York in Queensland and stretches west to Cape Londonderry in Western Australia.

52 vessels are licensed to operate in the MSC certified NPF, which covers approximately 880,000 km2. Less than 12% of this area is fished.

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Norwegian Seas

We source premium seafood items from Leroy Seafoods such as Fjord Trout and Leroy branded products.

 

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Macquarie Island

Our Southern Ocean fleet operates around Heard Island, 4,000km south-west of Perth, which is part of Australia’s sub-Antarctic territories.

Heard Island is home to Australia’s only active volcano, the Big Ben, which is permanently covered in snow and cloud and dominates the island’s topography. Here, we are entitled to catch Patagonian toothfish and Mackerel icefish, and have been working in this fishery since 1996.

We have also been involved in the Macquarie Island toothfish fishery, south-east of Tasmania, since 1994.

These three fisheries are certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council.

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West Norway

Located in the beautiful Hardangerfjord, at the base of the Bondhus Glacier, Lerøy’s Fjord Trout lives between the 1000 meter mountain peaks.

The hatchery itself lies under the glacier, and the plant is filled with mountain water from the glacier. Lerøy has six fjordtrout hatcheries in total and around 20 seawater locations in operation.

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Nova Scotia

Austral Fisheries source premium sustainable seafood from Clearwater Seafoods.

Clearwater's focus has always been to provide premium quality, wild, sustainable seafood, second to none. They will always strive to find new and innovative ways to serve their customers and responsibly harvest shellfish – but you can rest assured their focus will never change.

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Scotland

Austral source products from Shellfish pioneers Macduff.

Macduff take a wild and natural product in fresh and frozen form to demanding customers all over the world. They're focussed, dedicated - and with well over a century at sea behind them, hugely experienced .

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