Since 2011, we have reported against the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting, widely considered to be world’s best practice. Reporting on our activities has provided us with a mechanism to track our sustainability performance year on year and highlights our commitment to sustainable practices in the public domain both as a company, and as individuals within Tassal. We have been consistently rewarded with positive feedback about Tassal’s steps towards opening up our operations to scrutiny through our reporting, which has given us confidence to continue down this pathway.
ASC Audit Reports
As part of our commitment to sustainable aquaculture, Tassal gained full certification to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon standard in 2014. ASC audit reports are comprehensive and address the full suite of principles, criteria, indicators and requirements for responsible salmon farming. Final audit reports are available below. Surveillance audit reports will be made available as audits occur.
Environmental Impact Statements
In Tasmania, the marine farming industry is regulated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 (more details here). Under the latter Act, Marine Farming Development Plans are prepared, designating areas in State waters where marine farming may occur. If a lease holder requires a change to a marine farming zone a comprehensive process must (by law) be followed before that may be approved. A draft amendment to a Marine Farming Development Plan must be accompanied by an environmental impact statement (EIS). The purpose of an EIS is to assist the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel and the public to understand the environmental consequences of a draft amendment to the extent that is reasonable and practicable for informed decision making. Environmental Impact Statements relating to Tassal’s recent amendments are available below: