The pen to plate story of Atlantic salmon farmed in Tasmania is not readily accessible to the general public. This is most evident when attempting to understand the complex supply chains of salmon feed. Attempts to discover provenance of ingredients, GMO content, and health safeguards for mammal byproducts led to more questions than answers.
The lack of publicly available and timely information is concerning as it impacts consumer health, fish welfare and the significant environmental impacts of Australia’s largest aquaculture industry.
As the Tasmanian farmed salmon industry looks to double in size in the coming decade the big three salmon feed companies are focused on having feed factories in Tasmania. The public needs to know what these global agrifeed companies are bringing into Tasmania and selling to salmon farmers in Tasmania.
Mandatory labelling ensuring feed companies give up to date information on what wild fish species are in their feed, what terrestrial animals byproducts are being used, what traces of GMO is in their feeds, and how they are transitioning their feed ingredient supplies to reduce greenhouse warming potential are all needed to allow salmon farmers, and consumers, clear information to make the best choice.
Consumers need to know if they are buying wild or farmed salmon. Choosing wild or farmed allows you to the choice of a fish grown on natural, or manufactured feed.
Knowing that Atlantic salmon farmed in Tasmania is fed on mammal by products not allowed for inclusion in E.U countries is essential. Knowing that there are IUCN listed wild fish species in Tasmanian farmed salmon feed is crucial to help make the right seafood choice. Knowing that trace amounts of GMO are allowed into salmon feeds without the companies having to declare it, is information consumers have a right to.
Mandatory labelling on packaging that distinguishes farmed Atlantic salmon from wild caught salmon
Salmon feed companies must provide up-to-date information via webpage detailing:
- Wild fish species used in feed and IUCN status (vulnerable, threatened and endangered)
- What mammalian by products are in the feed, country of origin and percentage
- What chicken byproducts are in feed, country of origin and percentage
- If any trace of GMO is in supply chain
- Country of origin of grain ingredients and percentage
- Global warming assessment of feed supply chain for most recent financial year