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Pheroze

Pheroze JUNGALWALLA

Year of Award: 1985 Award State: Tasmania None > Fishing And Aquaculture
To study marine aquaculture of salmonids - Norway
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Although Pheroze did not realise it at the time, the timing and the topic of this Fellowship was sheer serendipity. Interest in salmonid farming in Tasmania was burgeoning, and on his return from the study tour he had the opportunity to launch straight into a new job applying what he had learned helping to establish a major Atlantic salmon hatchery, which was pivotal in launching the salmon farming industry in Tasmania. Learning from the brief history of salmon farming development in Scotland and Norway, Tasmania was able to avoid many of the pitfalls which others had experienced before us. But as Pheroze says, we then proceeded to make many of our own new mistakes, of course!

In 2015, some 30 years later, the Tasmanian salmonid farming industry is the single biggest fishery in Australia, worth some $600 million per year, and providing direct and indirect employment for several thousand people.

Pheroze is now semi-retired but would like to think that his Churchill Fellowship played a part in launching this great industry.

He is the Independent Chair of the National Aquaculture Council and a Member of the National Seafood Hall of Fame.

His citation for this award reads: Following a decade of experimentation and management of trout, oyster and mussel farms, in 1994 Pheroze Jungalwalla was commissioned to report on the suitability of Atlantic Salmon stocks available in Australia, with a view to importing stock to found a new industry for Tasmania. The recommendations from this report were key to the development of what has become one of the state’s most important industries: Atlantic Salmon aquaculture. In 1985, he was appointed manager of the newly formed Atlantic Salmon hatchery company Saltas and helped establish two state of-the-art Atlantic Salmon hatcheries. Pheroze moved to the salmon farming company Tassal in 1986, where he managed the R&D program. He has represented the aquaculture industry at a wide range of national organisations and committees. From 2003–11, he was executive officer of the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association. Pheroze is one of Australia’s leading aquaculture advocates and is the current chair of the National Aquaculture Council.

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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