Salmon will only thrive when grown in the highest quality marine environment. Our fish are the greatest indicator of environmental health and if we don’t treat the seabed right they’ll let us know long before any monitoring does.
The quality of our salmon is a direct reflection of our deep understanding of the local marine environment and how we can minimise our impact – on the water column, on the sediment, on the marine flora and fauna and on the coastline.
The importance of maintaining the integrity of the marine environment and surrounding areas in which we farm is a major factor in decision making at Huon, whether that is improving farming practices, purchase of equipment or locating and/or expanding lease sites.
An independent Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) broad scale environmental monitoring program report found that our farms in the Huon are having “no significant or adverse environmental effects (on) the water quality or sediments” – Colin Buxton, IMAS Director. You can read this report in full here.
In addition, Huon is a partner and active participant of the D’Entrecasteaux Huon Collaboration. Led by NRM South, the Collaboration’s primary focus is on ensuring the ongoing health of the waterway.
The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon waterways are shared-use waterways that host more Tasmanian recreational fishers and boaters than any other in Tasmania, and with thriving commercial operators and growing residential development it is critical that the area’s natural values are managed effectively. In December 2015, an innovative partnership agreement was signed between industry, government and natural resource managers. The partnership provides a framework for collaboration to support and enhance natural diversity and improve the condition of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary.
The D’Entrecasteaux and Huon Collaboration is made up of representatives from the region’s two salmon farmers – Huon Aquaculture and Tassal – as well as Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils, TasWater, the Derwent Estuary Program and NRM South.