Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal has received an Australian Business Award for Sustainability.

The award, which is benchmarked against international performance standards, recognises organisations demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

Tassal Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mark Ryan said the award was timely.

“The company is delighted to receive this award that recognises its achievements and commitment to responsible and sustainable salmon farming,” he said.

“Underpinning our goal to minimise our impact on the environment is our Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification which has now been achieved across all our farms.  We are the first salmon company in the world to achieve this.”

Mr Ryan said Tassal was committed to continuous improvement, ongoing measurement and transparent communications via its annual sustainability report and continuing leadership role in sustainable salmon farming.

Tassal’s Head of Sustainability Linda Sams said while the company had made significant progress in the sustainability space over the past four years, the company was not being complacent about future work.

“Tassal’s partnership with WWF Australia has been pivotal in our work to date,” she said.

“We still aim to continue to lead sustainable aquaculture production in Australia, with all our products meeting best practice environmentally-responsible standards.”

Tassal is a signatory to the WWF Global Seafood Charter which sets out clear principles and objectives to safeguard valuable marine ecosystems, ensuring the long-term viability of seafood supplies.

Ms Sams said the company was committed to ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

“We want to continue to proactively engage with all stakeholders who are known to Tassal,” she said.

The Australian Business Awards Program Director Tara Johnston said ABA100 Winners demonstrated innovative, enterprising and technologically advanced business initiatives and products.

“These high-performing, intelligent organisations that continuously and effectively improve their processes and products are set to survive the long-term challenges faced by all Australian businesses,” she said.

Tassal is an ASX-listed public company that employs more than 1,100 people.

It operates two directly-controlled hatcheries, six marine farming locations, three processing facilities, two retail outlets and 2000 points of “retail presence”.

Media Release- 14 August 2015

Nicolas Turner Tel: 6210 5206 or 0418 538 865

For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2015 ABA100 winners go to  www.australianbusinessawards.com.au

 

About Tassal

Tassal Group Limited (ASX: TGR) is a vertically integrated salmon grower and salmon and seafood processor, seller and marketer.  The Company produces and sells premium salmon and seafood products for both the Australian domestic and export markets.  Tassal grows delicious, fresh and healthy Atlantic salmon in Tasmania’s fresh waters and through its De Costi Seafood business sources and processes a wide range of seafood. Tassal is committed to taking a leadership role in sustainability in aquaculture and seafood sourcing. The company employs over 1,100 people.  Visit www.tassal.com.au for more information.