Here at Tassal, sustainability is more than just an expression; it is a value we live by and we hold ourselves and our products to the highest of standards. Our focus on sustainability has been the basis for developing programs around food safety, environmental management, fish welfare and our fish quality.
Seafood is a high protein, low fat, healthy and nutritionally rich food. As the world population grows, traditional methods of capturing wild fish can’t meet the increase in global demand for seafood. We understand that responsible aquaculture is an important part of the future solution. Through well managed salmon farming, we can meet the growing demand, produce a higher quality product, whilst looking after the environment and communities in which we operate.
Salmon – the environmentally responsible protein
Salmon are cold blooded and because they live in water they use far less energy than farmed land animals. This means that Salmon farming has one of the lowest carbon footprints with much lower greenhouse gas emissions than land based protein production^.
Nearly all of what our salmon eats, turns into ‘salmon’. Salmon has one of the lowest Feed Conversion Rates (FCR) of all proteins. The lower the FCR the more efficient the animal is in producing protein and energy from its feed and then converting it into a rich food for us.
Tassal and the Environment
As farmers we take pride in not only what we produce but how we produce it, and at Tassal we are committed to providing Australians with responsibly sourced Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon. We have been on a long journey dedicated towards providing Australians with Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon that has been responsibly grown.
It is important to us that our actions and processes are certified by independent third-party certifications, there are a range of third-party certification bodies that monitor marine health and the environment in which we operate such as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP). Our sustainability journey, partnerships with environmental organisations, such as WWF Australia, have also been pivotal towards leading sustainable aquaculture production. Tassal remains committed to continuous improvement in sustainability, creating best practice environmentally-responsible standards.
All our harvested salmon have been independently assessed and certified by either ASC or BAP so our consumers can be confident that the Tassal Salmon they are eating has been raised by an environmentally and socially responsible company.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
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 Aquaculture Stewardship Council (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 15 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.
Tassal achieved ASC certification in 2014 and our salmon are monitored and audited to ensure that they are reared in the best possible conditions annually.
To learn more about ASC visit: http://www.asc-aqua.org/
Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP)
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 gained BAP certification across farming regions in 2019.
To learn more about BAP visit: https://bapcertification.org/
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 have been making wildlife interactions, antibiotic use and unexplained loss information available to you within 30 days of occurrence as part of our certification requirements.
Through ongoing engagement with our stakeholders and local communities we have identified additional areas where real time information is sought.
The dashboard seeks to inform you with accurate, up to date information on material aspects of our operations.
View Dashboard here http://dashboard.tassalgroup.
^Marine Harvest 2016