Tassal wins at Sustainable Seafood Week 2024

Tassal is proud to announce it has been awarded the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Above and Beyond Award and the Young Person in Aquaculture Award during Sustainable Seafood Week 2024. This is the third year Tassal has come away with awards recognising its significant contribution towards responsible aquaculture.   

The Above and Beyond Award is in recognition of Tassal’s innovation projects that were launched in the last 12 months, and further demonstrates Tassal’s commitment to reducing environmental impacts.  

Tassal’s transition to moisture locking trays allowed the removal of 15 and a half million soaker pads from some of their pre-packaged seafood products using Sealed Air’s hydrolock technology.  Last festive season, Tassal removed over 33,000 polystyrene boxes from its supply chain following the introduction of recyclable fibreboard cartons. These cartons were created in collaboration with Visy, an Australian company which specialises in recyclable packaging and developed a cardboard carton solution for prawns.  

Matt Vince, Chief Commercial and Risk Officer at Tassal says, “We are thrilled that we’ve been recognised for our sustainability efforts. Reducing our waste impact is a key priority for our business and we’re really committed to reducing the amount of polystyrene packaging used in this sector and replacing it with more recyclable packaging and supporting Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) sustainable packaging goals. Using cardboard within the seafood supply chain has its challenges, such as overcoming the packaging being compromised by our products (prawn feelers) and a wet environment.  As leaders within the seafood category, we are keen to share this concept with the rest of the industry to help minimise the use of non-recyclable packaging wherever we can.” 

“None of these achievements could happen without our committed teams of people at Tassal.  Our congratulations go to Blake Newell who won the ASC Young Person in Aquaculture Award for his work as Team Leader at our Channel site in Tasmania. Beyond Blake’s responsibilities as an Operations Team Leader, he actively supports the management team by proposing strategies to reduce fuel consumption and is active in the local community supporting our school farm tours in Tasmania and chatting to the next generation about his aquaculture journey. He continues to impress. Well done Blake,” said Vince. 

In response to winning the ASC Young Person in Aquaculture Award, Blake Newell, Operations Team Leader at Tassal said, “I feel proud to receive such an award and want to thank Tassal and my work crew for being an incredible support in my career so far. I love being able to share my insights with the next generation of young workers and I just love being out on the water.” 

As another year of Sustainable Seafood Week comes to an end, the team at Tassal looks forward to continuing its journey towards a more sustainable future.