The world needs safe, healthy and tasty food, produced in a sustainable and efficient way. With 70% of the world covered by water and a uniquely low carbon footprint, aquaculture is the most sustainable way to achieve food security.
Despite being an innovation almost 30 years ago, Tasmanian farmed salmonids are now Australia’s number one fishery. It has achieved particular recognition both domestically and internationally, which signifies the importance of the Tasmanian heritage and the way in which the Tasmanian farmed salmon is produced.
The benefits of sustainable fisheries and the need to mitigate the environmental impacts of fishing and aquaculture are increasingly in the public consciousness. During the past 30 years salmon farmers have learned how important it is to protect the waters on which we depend, to safeguard and develop our vital workforce and to develop markets to ensure that this rural Tasmanian industry can continue to enjoy long term success.
By growing healthy, nutritious fish in a responsible way, looking after the water and environment that is so important to the fish and our heritage, we increase our economic success and safeguard jobs, local economies and communities for future generations.
The industry recognises that our successes today must also sustain our success in the future.
“The salmonid industry in Tasmania understands the duty that is placed upon us to protect the marine environment and maintain it to the high standard that it is in now. We understand the commitment involved in living and working in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the world.” Dr Adam Main, CEO of the TSGA
For the Tasmanian salmonid industry, environmental sustainability requires operating a business that is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. We recognise that environmental integrity, transparency and innovation are key values. Our commitment to environmental sustainability includes:
- Open communication with our employees regarding environmental issues and safeguards and promotion of our environmental sustainability and actions to our suppliers, customers and stakeholders.
- Commitment to meet and exceed all government environmental regulations, industry Codes of Practice and corporate guidelines.
- Dedication of resources to ongoing research and technological innovation to learn more about our local environment and to continue to reduce our environmental footprint.
- A commitment to communicate environmental sustainability research findings by making data available on our website on a regular basis.
As an industry we recognise that while we have made significant progress, there is still a lot to be done in terms of sustainability.
As a relatively young industry, we hope that through industry collaboration, research, transparency and sharing of knowledge, we can make the necessary changes to do better, and keep getting better.
TSGA’s sustainability mission
Over two decades the TSGA has strived to grow and become a more coordinated peak body with the resources necessary to take a leading role in the sustainable development of the industry. Through significant investment in research and development the TSGA has achieved this and is at the forefront of technological advances, and is transforming aquaculture industry practices.
However, one association alone cannot solve all sustainability challenges. Sustainability communications should take place globally, involve multiple stakeholders and promote open and honest dialogue. The TSGA continually engages with key stakeholders to ensure the constant improvement of regulations and environmentally and socially responsible practices.
The TSGA is aware of the environmental and social challenges the aquaculture industry has faced. Lessons from history have been learnt across the seafood industry and long-term consequences and gains are now the focus. People, profit and planet are key and aquaculture must be socially and environmentally sustainable to be profitable in the long term.
The TSGA is committed to:
- Minimising the environmental impact of Tasmanian operations
- Sourcing sustainable feed from responsible feed producers and suppliers
- Continuing to improve the positive social impact of our operations
- Managing our members in a manner to support economic growth and stability
- Working with our members to produce a healthy and nutritious product farmed in a sustainable way
There is no quick way to achieving sustainability, but we know it is our responsibility to make the necessary improvements to safe guard our industry and the waters we operate in. If we make the right decisions now, we can ensure we have a healthy environment into the future.
“With earth’s burgeoning human populations to feed we must turn to the sea with new understanding and new technology. We must farm it as we farm the land.” Jacques Cousteau 1973