Monday 17th October 2011
Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal has won two prestigious export awards – including the 2011 Tasmanian Exporter of the Year Award.

Tassal also claimed the Tasports Agribusiness Award for outstanding export achievements in agricultural products, services or technology, including processed foods and beverages, and the forestry, fisheries and fibres industries.

Tassal Managing Director Mark Ryan said the company was delighted to be recognised in this way.

“This recognition is not only important to the business but to the people who work in it in fish farming, processing, sales and retail,” he said.

“We employ more than 700 people throughout the state who harvest and sell more than 20,000 tonnes of premium Tasmanian salmon per annum to domestic and international customers.”

Mr Ryan said it was important to note that Tassal had achieved significant growth over the past 12 months while maintaining a strong commitment to the environment and sustainable practices.

“We are continually looking for improvement and are investing strongly in sustainable production practices,” he said.

“Tassal is also working with a number of environmental specialists and researchers on other improvements, and is investing in environmental management and research collaborations to support innovation and environmental best practice.

“Today, sustainability is at the core of everything we do.”

The 2011 Tasmanian Export Awards were presented by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts.

Winners of the 2011 Tasmanian Export Awards will progress as national finalists to the Australian Export Awards presentation in December this year.