Dutch Atlantic salmon giant Nutreco is reportedly in talks to acquire the 81.3% stake in Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal that it does not already own.

Beleaguered Tassal entered receivership in late June of this year, with a A$32.5m (US$17.97m) debt owed to the ANZ Banking Group, and its receiver Mark Mentha, of Korda Mentha & Colleagues, confirmed that Nutreco is mulling the buyout.

Mentha said that Tassal is expected to sell for as much as A$45m.

Nutreco is currently Tassal's single largest shareholder, with an 18.7% holding.