Tassal is very pleased to have achieved full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across its entire operation. A global first for any salmon company.
ASC certification is the highest standard for responsibly farmed seafood in the world and provides consumers with an assurance they are purchasing seafood from farms that manage their impacts on the environment and communities to this high standard.
The ASC Salmon Standard provides guidelines for responsible aquaculture companies to manage their business in a way that will minimise negative impacts on the environment and society.
The standard includes strict guidelines for the conservation of natural habitat, local biodiversity and ecosystem function, the protection of the health and genetic integrity of wild populations, responsible use of resources and disease management.
In August 2013, Tassal undertook a pre-assessment audit against the ASC Salmon Standard at our Middle Harbour and Gordon leases in Macquarie Harbour. Based on the outcome of this audit we were able to make decisions about how to proceed with full certiﬁcation across the entire Tassal operations.
The ASC is an independent organisation and operates a third party certification and labelling programme. This means that the ASC is the standard holder, but farms must be audited to determine whether they are eligible to become certified by an independent certification and assessment body (CAB).
Auditors, and the CAB that employ them are assessed and monitored by the Accreditation Services International to ensure they have the skills and processes in place to undertake independent assessments to evaluate whether farms meet the standard.
We have now successfully certified all six of our marine farming regions, beginning with Macquarie Harbour in FY2014 and followed by the ﬁve regions in the South East in FY2015.
Tassal publically reports information on our website that has previously been reported via our annual sustainability reports. This data can be viewed on our ASC Dashboard.
This includes data pertaining to escaped salmon, unexplained loss of salmon, lethal incidents involving marine mammals and birds and amounts of antibiotics used.
The annual auditing costs associated with ASC certification is approximately $125,000 per year.
The following video talks through our journey to ASC and the process and importance of what was undertaken to achieve ASC certification.
Watch our journey with WWF to achieving ASC certification:
|Certification||Auditing Body||Coverage||Main purpose||Audit Frequency|
|DAWR (formerly AQIS)||DAWR Biosecurity||Dover – processing/marine operations, Huonville – processing, Margate – processing Harvest boat- as catcher boat only||Export compliance||Dependant on site rating and previous audit results – between six and nine months All facilities currently have an A rating|
|ISO 9001:2008||Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS)||Dover – processing/marine operations, Huonville – processing, Margate – processing Rookwood Road hatchery||International standard||Annual surveillance/ three year recertification|
|HACCP||BSI||Dover – processing/marine operations, Huonville – processing, Margate – processing Rookwood Road hatchery, Lidcombe – processing||International Standard||Annual recertification|
|SQF Code (Safe Quality Food) Level 3||SGS||Huonville – processing, Margate – processing, Lidcombe – processing||International Standard/ Customer requirement||Annual recertification|
|Woolworths||BSI||Huonville – processing, Margate – processing, Lidcombe – processing||Customer requirement||Annual recertification/ six monthly surveillance|
|Coles||Coles (2nd party)||Huonville – processing Margate – processing||Customer requirement||Annual recertification|
|ALDI||BSI||Lidcombe – processing||Customer requirement||Annual recertification|
|ASC (MSC) Chain of Custody||SCS Global Services||Dover – processing/marine operations Huonville – processing Margate – processing Petuna – external processing George Town Seafoods – external processing, Lidcombe – processing||ASC traceability for Chain of Custody||Annual surveillance/ three year recertification|
|HALAL||Halal Australia||Huonville – processing Margate – processing||Sell product with Halal approval (all products)||Annual desk audit|
|KOSHER||Kosher Australia||Dover – processing/ marine operations Huonville – processing Margate – processing||Sell product with Kosher approval (most products||Annual audit|
|AS 4801||TQCS||All sites||Australian standard||Annual audit rotation basis/ three yearly recertification|
|OHS AS 18001:2007||TQCS||All sites||International standard||Annual audit rotation basis/ three yearly recertification|
|Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)||Global Trust||All marine operations (Macquarie Harbour, Tasman, Dover, Huon, North West Bay, Bruny) and Dover Processing site||International standard||Annual audit|
|Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)||SCS Global Services||All marine operations||International standard||Certification for three years with annual surveillance|
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Tassal products have been certified by a number of organisations to advise consumers as to which of our products meet their dietary guidelines.
Tassal salmon products are Halal certified, this means that they comply with Sharia law.
Tassal products comply with all feed, harvesting and processing requirements as certified by the Halal Certification Authority. More specifically for our non UAE products recent confirmation of certification is supported by;
The post-harvest practice of “gutting” is done without cutting or breaching the gut lining/cavity.
Salmon is a Kosher animal and therefore a wide range of Tassal salmon products are Kosher certified. A list of all products certified can be found at www.kosher.org.au
Tassal products that carry the Kosher certified logo continue to comply with harvesting and processing requirements as certified by Kosher Australia.