Sustainable Salmon Farms
The welfare of both our fish and the marine mammals and birds that interact with our farms is of critical importance to us. We have increased wildlife surveillance with a goal to further understand animal populations and behaviours. We have also focused on improving on farm practices and strengthening our exclusion techniques, which includes the rollout of our new Ocean Sanctuary Enclosures.
Ensuring exclusion measures, wildlife management protocols and fish health management plans are appropriately implemented allows us to limit potential impact on wildlife populations, and, as a result, reduce potential sources of stress on our fish so that we maintain healthy populations. There were no incidents of non-compliance with laws and regulations with relation to animal welfare during the reporting year.
Tassal is committed to finding innovative ways to minimise and manage the waste that we create through continuous improvement and the prevention of pollution. We have developed a waste management framework to ensure that our activities and services comply with all applicable environmental standards.
Waste products generated from our operations include the heads and frames of the fish, viscera (guts), trims, skins and fish mortalities. As this waste has valuable levels of protein and Omega-3 oils, it is recovered and recycled through other food production systems in the form of fishmeal and fish oil.
As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, we are aware of the importance of both reducing packaging and using recyclable packaging. Packaging design is largely dictated by product preservation and quality assurance in addition to cost effective shipping and handling. Preserving food safety is paramount.
Marine farming wastes
Our shore based facilities are the main repository for all waste generated by our marine operations. Waste service providers collect Tassal’s onshore waste. Feed bags are bundled or compacted on site and sent for recycling. All hire pallets are repaired where possible and returned to the supplier.
Wherever possible, scrap steel is recycled via a scrap metal recycler. Salmon pen pipe and stanchions along with feed pipe from our sites are recycled locally.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Every two years we conduct a detailed ‘pen to plate’ Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of our supply chain in order to better understand the environmental impacts of producing our products and to highlight areas for improvement.
LCA is a comprehensive, methodological framework that quantifies the environmental impacts that occur over the life cycle of a product. The LCA incorporates upstream and downstream impacts associated with the production of Tassal products. More information about our LCA can be found in our Sustainability Reports.