The nutrition of our salmon plays a crucial role in our sustainability journey. The feed we use for our stock is specially formulated by nutritionists to provide enough energy for our salmon to thrive whilst also supplying all the essential nutrients for healthy growth.
We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our salmon. Most importantly, the food that we feed our fish is designed to optimise their health and wellbeing.
Our salmon feed is made up of:
- Fish meal and fish oil, these are sourced from forage fish which are a precious marine resource.
- Land animal ingredients (chicken meal, blood meal and chicken oil)
- Vegetable ingredients (grain and protein meal)
Consumers demand safe, healthy and delicious Australian seafood, which means that trustworthy, high-quality feed is a prerequisite for the aquaculture industry.
All salmon, whether they are wild or farmed, get their signature flesh colour from their diet, from the presence of an antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is an essential nutrient for the health and wellbeing of salmon, and vital for healthy muscle growth and egg production. Just like we need Omega-3 in our diets, salmon needs astaxanthin.
Wild Atlantic salmon consume astaxanthin from eating krill and smaller fish and this diet naturally changes the colour of the flesh – similar to how flamingos are pink.
Farmed salmon get their astaxanthin as part of a nutritionally balanced diet which is safe for both salmon and humans. You can even buy it from your local pharmacy or healthy food store!
A wide range of Tassal salmon products are Halal certified, please contact us for further information.
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
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent, not‐for‐profit organisation founded in 2010 by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). Tassal achieved a global first for any salmon company in 2014 – gaining ASC certification across its operations.
The ASC standard works to promote best practice aquaculture globally and aims for a world where everyone has access to responsibly sourced seafood. The standard includes more than 150 indicators addressing issues and impacts to provide consumers with an assurance they are purchasing salmon from farms that manage their environment and social impact to the highest standards.
Certified sites are monitored and audited to ensure that our salmon are reared in the best possible conditions annually.
Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) is a comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program that covers environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities.
The BAP program is the only aquaculture certification program that encompasses the entire production chain, from hatcheries and feed mills to farms and processing plants.
The BAP program was established in 2002 by the non-profit the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to encourage the use of responsible aquaculture practices for a variety of species, including salmon.
Tassal’s range of products can be purchased at Coles, Woolworths and Independent Retailers Australia-wide. Fresh whole salmon and portions are also available at your local fish market.
Check out our stockist page here to find your local store.
Atlantic salmon is a natural superfood and a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body can’t produce by itself.
A 100g portion of Atlantic salmon provides more than the Heart Foundation of Australia’s recommended daily intake of Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to maintain a healthy heart.
The same 100g of salmon provides 42% of our average daily protein requirement, which is important to maintain muscle and bone health, decrease hunger and assist in increasing the burning of calories.
Atlantic salmon also contains the essential nutrients Vitamin D, Vitamins B1, B3, B12 and Vitamin E for maintaining energy, vitality and supporting a healthy immune system. Minerals like Phosphorus and Selenium for healthy hair, nails, teeth and bone structure.