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Alastair Smart

BSc. MAppSc. GradDipEd. GAICD


Alastair is recognised internationally for his achievements in salmon harvesting and processing. He has a wide experience in nearly 20 years of working with different aquaculture species and different aspects of the farming process.

This is evidenced in his roles as musselgrower and founding President of the South Australian Mussel Growers Association and Scientific Manager of the Tuna Research Farm in Port Lincoln involved in nutrition and diet development, environmental monitoring and product quality. There have been numerous other species he has worked with including: crocodiles (diet development), yellowtail (harvesting, processing and product quality), barramundi (harvesting, processing, logistics and product quality), Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, coho and chinook salmon (harvesting, processing, benchmarking, kpi development and product quality).

In more recent years Alastair was instrumental in the pioneering development of low-stress harvest technology and methodologies for salmon and managed feed trial development units looking at pigmentation, growth and product quality while working for Marine Harvest in Scotland. In this role he gained the prestigious RSPCA Alastair Mews Award recognising the development of low-stress harvesting practices of the highest standard in the UK Agricultural Industry, including terrestrial species.

Alastair has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Botany and Zoology from Adelaide University, and a Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture from the University of Tasmania's National Key Centre for Aquaculture. In addition, he has a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of South Australia and more recently he has Graduated with a Diploma in the Company Directors Course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors as he focuses more on the provision of professional technical advice to boards as an external consultant and Director.

His key focus - "it can take 20-25 thousand hours of careful attention to husbandry and feed management to produce a farmed fish of 3-5kg and less than one hour to reduce that investment to well below cost by "saving" on staff training, technology and external expertise."



A: 69 Cooper Place, Hazelwood Park, South Australia 5066  P: +32 478 273 252 E: al@smartaqua.com.au