At Tassal, sustainability is more than just an expression; it is a value we live by. Our focus on sustainability has been the basis for developing programs around food safety, environmental management, fish welfare and our fish quality.
Seafood is a high protein, low fat, healthy and nutritionally rich food. As the world population grows, traditional methods of capturing wild fish can’t meet the increase in global demand for seafood. Responsible aquaculture is an important part of the future solution. Through well managed salmon farming, we can meet the growing demand, produce a higher quality product, whilst looking after the environment and communities.
Tassal is committed to providing Australians with responsibly sourced Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon. We have been on a long journey dedicated towards providing Australians with Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon that has been responsibly sourced.
Tassal achieved a global first for any salmon company in 2014 – gaining full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across its operations. ASC is considered the gold standard in responsible farming. Along our sustainability journey, partnerships with environmental organisations, such as WWF Australia, have been pivotal towards leading sustainable aquaculture production. Tassal remains committed to continuous improvement in sustainability, creating best practice environmentally-responsible standards.
Salmon – the environmentally responsible protein
Salmon are cold blooded and because they live in water they use far less energy that farmed land animals. This means that Salmon farming has one of the lowest carbon footprints with much lower greenhouse gas emissions than land based protein production^.
Nearly all of what our salmon eats, turns into ‘salmon’. Salmon has one of the lowest Feed Conversion Rates (FCR) of all proteins. The lower the FCR the more efficient the animal is in producing protein and energy from its feed and then converting it into a rich food for us.
Tassal and the Environment
We aim to protect, conserve and enhance the environment for current and future generations. We achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification across our operations in 2014. ASC certification is the highest global standard for responsible fish farming and provides you with an assurance they are purchasing salmon from farms that manage their environment and social impact to the highest standards.
Understanding our environmental impacts is a key focus for Tassal. Maintaining and improving environmentally responsible business practices is a high priority for us and is a fundamental platform of our sustainability strategy. We are committed to appropriately managing and minimising the waste, energy and water that is used across our operations tracking our performance with our ASC Dashboard and producing an annual Sustainability Report.
Tassal and ASC
The ASC is an independent, not‐for‐profit organisation founded in 2010 by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) in accordance with ISEAL principles (just like Fair Trade) of multi‐stakeholder input and a Board containing a cross-section of industry and not‐for‐profit members to manage global standards and the certification of responsible fish farming around the world. It works to promote best practice aquaculture globally, and aims for a world where everyone has access to responsibly sourced seafood.
The ASC certification provides consumers with an assurance they are purchasing salmon from farms that manage their environment and social impact to the highest standards. Tassal chieved its ASC certification in 2014 and our salmon are monitored and audited to ensure that they are reared in the best possible conditions.
To learn more about ASC visit: http://www.asc-aqua.org/
Tassal and WWF
WWF-Australia provides Tassal with expert advice on the development and implementation of our sustainability strategy and action plan.
By reviewing our operations and making recommendations for more responsible aquaculture, WWF provided guidance through the various stringent stages of the ASC certification process.
Tassal has signed WWF’s Sustainable Seafood Charter. We are committed to a future in which sustainable aquaculture thrives in healthy ecosystems, benefiting people, businesses and local communities while safeguarding the long-term viability of the salmon supply we all depend on.
To learn more about Tassal’s partnership with WWF-Australia visit: http://www.wwf.org.au/aboutus/partners/tassal
What we've achieved with WWF
Eliminated use of copper anti‐foulant paints on nets and pens to remove the risk of harmful copper components leaching into the marine environment.
Dramatically reduced the amount of fish in the feed provided to Tassal fish leading to reduced impact on wild fish stocks.
Supported research projects on the Australian Snubfin and Indo‐Pacific humpback dolphins, Peruvian Anchovy Fishery improvement project, Girringun Seagrass monitoring and the Gudjuda Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Tassal has led the way in Australian Seafood in terms of corporate, social and environmental reporting and certification.
Transparent reporting is key to driving accountability and continuing improvement. Our intent is to provide timely, accurate and material information for our stakeholders. We are committed to tackling sustainability issues with integrity, transparency and purpose.
Since achieving Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across our operations in 2014, we have been making wildlife interactions, antibiotic use and unexplained loss information available to you within 30 days of occurrence as part of our certification requirements.
Through ongoing engagement with our stakeholders and local communities we have identified additional areas where real time information is sought.
The dashboard seeks to inform you with accurate, up to date information on material aspects of our operations.
View Dashboard here http://dashboard.tassalgroup.
^Marine Harvest 2016