31st October 2016
Tassal is committed to transparency and as such would like to share some further information for the benefit of our consumers, customers and stakeholders in regards to our operations.
Tassal’s is the largest farmer of Atlantic salmon in Australia and our share of the amount harvested and sold by the Australian growers for the financial year end 30 June 2016 was approximately 48%.
As the largest salmon aquaculture company in Australia, Tassal has the largest number of salmon pens compared to other salmon farming organisations in Tasmania.
Tassal is planning to expand into Okehampton Bay on the East Coast of Tasmania and plans to install 28 pens, stocked with 800,000 fish. For further information on our expansion plans in Okehampton Bay please see our website: http://www.tassal.com.au/community-news/community-update-okehampton/
There was recent public meeting at Okehampton Bay which was hosted by Spring Bay Seafoods and also attended by ABC’s Four Corners. Tassal would like to clarify that:
• Tassal clarified with the Producer of Four Corners on a phone call very early in the process that it was appropriate for us to suggest people that Four Corners should interview in relation to our Industry and Tassal’s operations in Tasmania. We understand that Four Corners have interviewed a number of people both in and outside of Tasmania and some of these people may have been interviewed.
• Although Tassal is not aware of the identity of all persons who attended the meeting at Spring Bay Seafoods, we were approached by stakeholders who were interested to have their perspective noted by Four Corners. Our community engagement officer also provided stakeholders who requested publically available information from Tassal (i.e. posted on the Tassal website), noting that Spring Bay Seafoods is in a business arrangement with Tassal on the development of the Okehampton marine site and supporting infrastructure. The success of this venture is important to local businesses and families in Triabunna.
• In addition, our community engagement officer spoke with local government; this is not an unusual occurrence as we routinely keep them updated on current issues with Tassal, across regions. In fact, this type of communication is part of our stakeholder compliance criteria under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Standard. Individuals made their own decision whether or not to attend a meeting at Spring Bay Seafoods.
Tassal purchased Dover Bay Mussels lease in 2015. Prior to this purchase, Tassal had investigated claims made by Mr Hastwell that net cleaning in Dover Bay had allegedly damaged his mussel lease. Tassal’s investigations into the allegations by Mr Hastwell included:
• Histopathology of mussels collected from upstream and downstream of Tassal’s farming operations
• Analysis of existing infauna collections from BEMP data in Dover Bay for 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015
• Synthesis of historical water quality data available for Port Esperance
• Conducted an appraisal of Tassal’s in-water net cleaning operations
• Plume modelling and verification • A review of the current best practice of mussel farming globally, and techniques to deal with biofouling
• Sediment analysis in Dover Bay
• Review of Tassal’s training processes and reporting for net cleaning training
Tassal confirms that, as a result of these investigations, there was no evidence found supporting these claims. For any further information or questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org