To study marine aquaculture of salmonids - Norway

After graduating with a BSc (Zoology & Agricultural Economics) in 1976, I was continuously employed till 2011 in various positions in the Australian aquaculture industry, ranging from farm biologist to senior management.  Since 2011 I have been semi-retired, but still operate as a private consultant and serve on Boards and committees of various national bodies, all concerned with fish health and/or aquaculture research.

Pheroze taken just prior to the awarding of his Fellowship.

Pheroze taken just prior to the awarding of his Fellowship.



August/September 1985.  Two weeks in Scotland visiting hatcheries, marine farms and Government research laboratories (Glasgow, Lochailort, Pitlochry, Kirkhill, Aberdeen, and Sterling).  Six weeks in Norway attending a conference, and visiting hatcheries, marine farms and research establishments (Trondheim, Sundalsora, Averoya, Tromso, Bergen, Stavanger, and Oslo).


Whilst I didn’t realise it at the time, the timing and the topic of this study tour was sheer serendipity.  Interest in salmonid farming in Tasmania was burgeoning, and upon my return from the study tour I had the opportunity to launch straight into a new job applying what I had learned, helping to establish a major industry-collaborative salmon hatchery.  This proved to be pivotal in launching what has now become a significant salmon farming industry in Tasmania.

I like to think that overall I have put to good use the wonderful opportunity offered to me by the Churchill Fellowship.


  • There is no shame in learning from other people’s mistakes.  I believe that by listening carefully to the brief history of salmon farming development in Scotland and Norway, we in Tasmania were able to avoid many of the pitfalls which others had experienced before us.  We then proceeded to make many of our own, new mistakes of course!
  • Be prepared to ask advice; refusal to help is surprisingly rare.  I was frankly awed by the willingness of the many fish farmers and professional people to share their knowledge and experiences with a rank outsider.
  • All farmers around the world, including salmon farmers, share some common characteristics; they all work hard, they truly create wealth, and they all grumble about prices and the weather.