HOW WE CARE
Tassal is Tasmanian for Salmon.
We proudly pioneered the salmon industry in Australia 35 years ago, with an ambition to produce healthy, fresh Atlantic salmon with a focus on quality and sustainable seafood for a growing population.
As responsible farmers, we care about the welfare and quality of our fish, the environment on land and waterways in which we operate in, the local communities and our passionate people are building a better tomorrow while respecting our planet for future generations to come.
Tassal’s new Beyond Sustainability, Responsible Business Roadmap sets out an accelerated program of inclusive action supported by 25 targets across seven areas of transformation:
- People and communities
- Climate and circularity
- Responsible sourcing
- Animal welfare
It involves more transparency on our progress, including visual transparency into our operations and farms. In this spirit, we do what we say we do, and we show you.
We are confident our new Responsible Business Roadmap will not only accelerate our ESG and sustainability journey to 2030 but put us on track to be one of the world’s most sustainable protein producers. This is our down payment on a better tomorrow.
How we care for our fish
Tasmania is the perfect home for our farms as Atlantic salmon love the cool, beautiful, clean water.
As responsible farmers, we care about the health, welfare and quality of our thriving fish. We have a dedicated health care team for our salmon that follows a health care management plan. Pictured left is Blair, a specialist veterinarian in fish health. He is performing a routine gill check to monitor the health and wellbeing of our salmon.
Our feed is specially formulated by nutritionists, third-party aquaculture certified and contains vitamins, minerals and no growth hormones. This feed provides enough energy for our salmon to thrive whilst also supplying all the essential nutrients for healthy growth.
Salmon get their signature pink flesh colour from their diet, whether wild or farmed. We don’t dye our salmon or use growth hormones. Wild salmon consume krill which contain a healthy antioxidant called astaxanthin. For our sustainably farmed salmon, we add this ingredient to our fish feed to mimic the diet of wild salmon. Just like we need Omega-3 in our diets, salmon need astaxanthin for their good health.
Our salmon pens span 33m long, contain 99% water and only 1% fish, making it one of the lowest density levels globally and leaving ample space for our fish to swim around in.
How we care for our ocean
We take pride in ensuring our operations have minimal impact on the health of the ocean and waterways in our commitment to growing healthy and nutritious salmon sustainably.
The health of the seabed underneath our pens is important to us.
We have extensive monitoring programs in place to track and measure the impact of salmon farming on the seabed. As part of our compliance programs, we undertake inspections of the seabed conditions and our regulators review video footage provided by our world class feed centre in Hobart (pictured right). To help minimise the excess fish feed and fish poo under our pens, Tassal has stringent seafloor monitoring. This is monitored in real time by a dedicated experienced team who review fish conditions, water quality and the seabed in accordance with regulatory bodies.
Keeping the Tasmanian waters clear and clean – allowing for sea creatures to move around freely!
How we care about our people and communities
One in 20 Tasmanians in the workforce work either directly or indirectly in the salmon industry, making it one of Tasmania’s biggest employers and supporters of regional communities. Our team are passionate about the work they do and show great care in protecting the oceans and wildlife.
“We are farmers committed to producing food that is better for the planet. As part of the team who cares for our fish, we want to grow one of the best and most efficient sources of protein available. Every day is exciting, and we have an enormous focus on animal welfare and understanding the environment we operate in”– Maddy little (pictured left)
Tassal supports over 100 community groups and organisations in Tasmania and across Australia.
Since 2010, our community grants programs have provided community-based organizations, sporting groups, schools and individuals with more than $4 million in financial support.
We are proud to back clubs like Huon Valley Netball Association with a focus on fitness and wellbeing of young locals, who we’ve supported since the club’s inception.
How we care for the wildlife
We have a strong and ongoing commitment to the safety of the wildlife in the environments in which we operate.
As we are in the ocean, we cohabit with animals including seals, penguins and birds. We take the protection of wildlife very seriously and constantly innovate our fish pen design to keep our wildlife and our fish safe.
Our roll out of best-in-class world-leading sanctuary pens has considerably reduced the use of approved deterrents. At a cost of $500,000 per pen, this circa $90 million investment in world leading exclusion driven infrastructure is our commitment to keeping our fish and people safe while keeping wildlife in its natural habitat.
How we care about the environment
We are committed to growing our industry responsibly, but this doesn’t need to be in size. It means doing more with what we have through efficiencies in production, farming innovation, diversifying the species we farm and pursuing farming spaces in other states.
We take responsibility for improving the energy efficiency of our operations, transitioning to renewable energy and investing in new technologies. Tassal has spent up to $60 million over three years on initiatives and research & development to reduce the impact of climate change on our operations. We’ve also invested more than $360 million on R&D in the past decade.
Aquaculture is one of the most efficient forms of protein production on the planet. In particular fish like Tasmanian Atlantic salmon, which has a low carbon footprint, the lowest compared to other land-based proteins like pork and beef. Salmon has one tenth the carbon footprint of beef.
Tassal is a low net protein producer. It takes 0.7kg of wild fish to produce 1kg of responsible sourced farmed salmon.
Accreditations and Associations
This provides our consumers with the assurance that our salmon is grown on a farm that manages environment and social impact to the highest of standards.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is independent, not-for-profit organisation founded in 2010 by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative.
Tassal was the first salmon company globally to achieve ASC certification across its operations and is the only Tasmanian company now with certification. Certified sites are monitored and audited to ensure that our salmon are raised responsibly.
Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) is a comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program that covers environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability across all our farming and production processes.
Tassal gained BAP certification across farming regions in 2019.
The Tasmanian Salmon industry is one of the most regulated industries globally. We know this is needed to protect our freshwater and marine waterways to ensure our industry and beautiful waterways are here for generations to come. We pride ourselves with complying to 100% of regulations set by the industry.
Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is established by global leadership group by salmon companies committed to improving the environmental processes for farmed salmon. 100% of Tassal harvested salmon in 2020 was sustainably certified by a GSI recognised standard.
We partner with organisations such as the Seafood Industry Australia, the Tasmanian Farmed Salmon Alliance and the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association. These organisations are pivotal on our journey to lead sustainable aquaculture production.
How we care about Waste Reduction
We are committed to waste reduction via our products, packaging, processes and playing our part for waste free oceans, coasts and households.
While the demand for producing our low carbon footprint protein grows, so does the need to find sustainable packaging options.
We’re proud to partner with REDcycle and the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), to support the consumers’ participation in their local recycling program and to simplify recycling per individual packaging component on our products.
When you purchase any of our Tassal products, you will be able to return the soft plastics and drop them off at the REDcycle station at any of the major supermarkets. These items can then be converted into a range of recycled products such as indoor and outdoor furniture, bollards and signage.
Tassal is also a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Packaging Sustainability Framework, a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation which partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the environment. We work together with APCO to achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets.
We are committed to the goal of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025. This means all our packaging will feature the Australasian Recycling Labels.
Tassal’s ongoing commitment to stop it at the source meant we reached our marine debris target. In FY20 we had a further 5.8% reduction in marine debris attributed to our operations. That is 329 days and 762km of shorelines walked collecting marine debris on Tasmanian’s coastlines.
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 publicly report on our wildlife interactions, antibiotic use and unexplained loss through our online Sustainability Dashboard. This information is available to you within 30 days of occurrence as part of our certification requirements.
The dashboard seeks to inform you with accurate, up to date information on material aspects of our operations.
To read more about Tassal’s commitment, view our 2021 Sustainability Report here.
View Dashboard here: http://dashboard.tassalgroup.com.au/