Sustainability

Accreditations

Accreditations

Tassal is committed to providing Australians with responsibly sourced Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon

Sustainability is a priority for Tassal. We have been on a long journey dedicated towards providing Australians with Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon that has been responsibly sourced. Tassal has achieved a global first for any salmon company- gaining full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across its entire 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.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

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:


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Tassal certifications:

 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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Other Accreditations

Tassal products have been certified by a number of organisations to advise consumers as to which of our products meet their dietary guidelines.

Halal

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 feed for our salmon complies with our certification requirements as confirmed by the Feed provider;
  • Continuation of current practice, that mirrors generally accepted global practices, of withdrawal from feed prior to harvest of our Salmon for a minimum of three days to ensure the gut content is clear and mirrors global practices; and

The post-harvest practice of “gutting” is done without cutting or breaching the gut lining/cavity.

Kosher

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.