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 Practices (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/
Global Salmon Initiative (GSI)
Tassal is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI). The GSI is a leadership initiative established by leading farmed salmon CEOs from around the world who share a vision of providing a healthy and sustainable source of protein to feed a growing population, while minimising their environmental footprint, and continuing to improve their social contribution.
Four key focus areas for the GSI that Tassal is contributing to are:
- Achieving the highest level of environmental and social standards through ASC Certification
- Improving biosecurity (disease management)
- Securing sustainable sources of feed ingredients
- Improving industry transparency through sustainability reporting
To learn more about GSI visit: https://globalsalmoninitiative.org/en/