Tas­sal joins global salmon group

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AUS­TRALIAN salmon farmer Tas­sal has joined the Global Salmon Ini­tia­tive, a col­lec­tive of 17 pro­duc­ers from around the world.

The GSI, es­tab­lished in 2013 to im­prove in­dus­try sus­tain­abil­ity, has ex­panded by more than 40 per cent in seven months and in­cludes eight as­so­ciate mem­bers.

It rep­re­sents 55 per cent of the global salmon pro­duc­tion in­dus­try, with com­pa­nies such as Marine Har­vest, Grieg Seafood and Bakkafrost among its mem­bers, and BioMar, Skret­ting, Cargill and Phar­maq on its list of as­so­ciates.

Mark Ryan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and CEO of Tas­sal, said: ‘We have been watch­ing the GSI for some time now, and have been im­pressed by the progress the group has been mak­ing in unit­ing the in­dus­try.

‘We at Tas­sal want to be a part of this global move­ment as we share the same level of am­bi­tion and pas­sion for work­ing with other like-minded com­pa­nies, and while some of our lo­cal chal­lenges may dif­fer from those of other mem­bers, we see a great op­por­tu­nity in be­ing part of a group like the GSI and work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to­wards a more sus­tain­able fu­ture for the sec­tor.’

Per Grieg, GSI co-chair and chair­man of Grieg Seafoods, said: ‘We are pleased to be able to wel­come Tas­sal to the grow­ing GSI fam­ily and ex­pand our pres­ence in Ocea­nia, in ad­di­tion to our long stand­ing mem­bers Huon and New Zealand King Salmon.

‘It’s a clear in­di­ca­tion that the GSI is on the right track, and as more com­pa­nies and peo­ple get in­volved, our col­lec­tive ef­forts will have even greater im­pact.’

In join­ing the GSI, Tas­sal has made a com­mit­ment to em­brace its core prin­ci­ples of sus­tain­abil­ity, trans­parency and co­op­er­a­tion and — when it comes to mak­ing sus­tain­able im­prove­ments to the en­vi­ron­ment — to put col­lab­o­ra­tion be­fore com­pe­ti­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, as a mem­ber, Tas­sal will be con­tribut­ing to the GSI’s core ar­eas of fo­cus, which in­clude im­prov­ing the man­age­ment of biose­cu­rity chal­lenges, en­sur­ing sus­tain­able sources of feed, and work­ing with com­pa­nies to reach 100 per cent farm cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Aqua­cul­ture Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (ASC) stan­dard by 2020.

Above: Mark Ryan, Tas­sal boss

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