Environmental management, and a dedication to sustainable practices, are intrinsic to all areas of the work undertaken across the company. Operating responsibly within our environment is paramount to the success of Huon. Our fish are the best indicator of environmental health and if we fail to respect this, then we won’t be able to grow superior and sought-after salmon.
We are fortunate in Tasmania to be able to grow salmon in a clean environment which can boast some of the best salmon in the world (from a quality and yield perspective). This includes growing in an area which has an ideal climate for salmon farming, is free of serious diseases that occur in other places in the world and where the environmental regulations are rigorous and comprehensive.
The salmonid farming industry is a considerable contributor to the Tasmanian economy and community, and warrants reasonable, appropriate policy, regulation and planning that is informed by the best science; which is exactly what is happening. The legislation, regulation and processes that underpin our industry are robust and most importantly, backed by science.
It is critical that Tasmania does not repeat the experiences of other countries, where poor biosecurity practices and rapid industry growth combined to cause catastrophic industry collapse, primarily due to the uncontrolled spread of fish diseases. We are constantly taking action to anticipate change. The way we are farming now is completely different to the way we were farming five years ago as such, we are one of the first Atlantic Salmon companies in the world to go offshore–into rough waters.
The future landscape of aquaculture in Australia offers some very exciting opportunities. We have a growing world population and a decline in wild fish stocks, and an enormous amount of ocean. The only way we can actually sustainably feed this growing population is through aquaculture.
At the same time, we know we are stewards of the waterways we farm, so they can be enjoyed and farmed for generations to come.
While controls on different sites may vary the general indicators for environmental compliance within, and on the borders of lease areas are that there must be no significant visual, chemical or biological impacts extending 35 metres from the boundary of the lease area.
An independent Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) broad scale environmental monitoring program report found that our farms in the Huon and Channel 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. Read all of the current marine farming development plans in Tasmania.
|East of Redcliffs||Yes|
Lower D’Entrecasteux Channel
|South of Zuidpool Rock||Yes|
|Storm Bay off Trumpeter Bay||Yes|
|North East Pelias Cove||Yes|
|North East of Double Cove||Yes|
|East of the Butt of Liberty||Yes|