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Monday, November 17, 2014

17/11/2014: Tassal gains complete ASC certification

Tasmanian salmon producer, Tassal, has gained Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification across all its farming operations – a first for any salmon company in the world, reports Food Magazine.

Tassal has been moving towards reaching full ASC certification since 2012, working in partnership with WWF-Australia.ii
 


WWF recognises ASC certification as the highest global standard available internationally for responsibly farmed seafood; providing third-party validation for practices which reduce impacts on the marine environment, protecting local surroundings and wildlife, and supporting local communities.

To meet the ASC’s responsible Salmon Standard, Tassal implemented upgrades including:
 

Reducing reliance of fish meal and fish oil in feed; resulting in reduced pressure on wild fish stocks and less pressure on the environment through improved feed formulations.
 

Removing the last copper treated nets from the water in June this year, replacing them with Kikko nets, made from semi-rigid polyester monofilament.
 

Creation of a full ASC dashboard which reports in real time any antibiotic use, wildlife interactions or unexplained fish loss across all of Tassal’s marine sites. All reports are available publically online and are fully audited.
 

Development of a new fish health department, including onsite lab, two vets, a fish health field officer and lab technician, as well as the development of a zero harm fish welfare program.

According to head of sustainability at Tassal, Linda Sams, the Australian aquaculture industry performs well in setting and implementing environmental regulations, but lacks transparency.


Read more HERE.

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