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With obesity suggested and accepted to increase the risk of severe symptoms and complications of COVID-19, 44 per cent consumers in China are interested and actively buying food and beverage (F&B) specifically designed to support fitness/exercise. These health-conscious Chinese consumers are turning to the meal-replacement trend for combating weight management issues and availing proper nutrition, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

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Pure Salmon develops processing design in partnership with Wiley

Pure Salmon is a sustainable land-based salmon producer with an operating facility in Poland capable of producing in excess of 400T of high-quality salmon per annum.

With grand plans, Pure Salmon is planning to produce 260,000T of high-quality salmon per annum with new facilities planned for Japan, France, China, Brunei, Lesotho and the USA., Each new location will have annual production or 10,000 or 20,000T per annum and will comprise vertically integrated production and processing facilities.

Supported by Wiley, Pure Salmon has developed a general process building concept specific to their ‘Soul of Japan’ site, based on an annual capacity of 10,000T per annum.

Wiley was engaged to conduct a completed concept, realise and define design for the salmon processing facility. This provided a design and construct set of documentation for use by local Japanese construction companies to complete the consulting design prior to construction.

“Congratulations to Pure Salmon who have recently raised $358USD to achieve their expansion plans. We are very excited to be working alongside their team to bring these plans to reality. We have confidence in their vision and the potential for land-based aquaculture in the future, especially as countries look to secure their domestic food supply in the current environment,” said Logan Ashmole, Wiley senior project manager.

“Wiley worked with multiple parties throughout the development of the design including Smart Aqua, Marel, Baader, Aquatic, and Pure Salmon. These stakeholders maintained their involvement throughout the realise and define design process and were critical to a successful project.”

Wiley’s completed project delivered consulting advice for Pure Salmon to be able to execute its facility in Japan and provide insights to translate the works for future facilities around the world. The design will form a base for the other facilities in subsequent design phases.

This general concept facility was designed in line with Pure Salmon’s objectives which are aimed at taking pressure off the world’s oceans by producing salmon in regions close to the customer and thus reducing carbon emissions. The clean technologies used will employ systems that have no negative impacts on marine ecosystems. The growing environment will be free of antibiotics, pesticides and pollutants providing the ideal environment for healthier fish and great salmon for Pure Salmon’s customers

Strong focus on salmon welfare lands Huon Aquaculture with RSPCA approval

Huon Aquaculture is the first seafood producer in Australia to join the RSPCA’s approved farming scheme for its focus on fish welfare.

Huon Aquaculture executive director Frances Bender said fish welfare had always been essential to every aspect of what the company did.

“After a lot of extremely hard work by all of our people and as Australia’s first RSPCA approved salmon farmer, we are proud to be leading the way in farming salmon safely, sustainably and with a strong focus on welfare,” said Bender.

“Being able to supply Australia’s only range of RSPCA approved salmon means that consumers that care and want the best for themselves and their families can now do that with confidence by choosing Huon,” she said.

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“Achieving this accreditation hasn’t happened overnight—we have worked closely with the RSPCA approved farming scheme over many years to meet their high standards and it is something that everyone working for Huon has been instrumental in achieving,” said Bender.

RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil said with a growing number of Australians including fish in their diets, it was important that consumers had the opportunity to choose a product that was raised to a high standard of animal welfare.

“It’s a good outcome for millions of fish and consumers wanting to make a more humane choice,” said Niel.

The scheme is the RSPCA’s farm assurance program dedicated to improving the welfare of as many farm animals as possible by working with farmers to provide an environment that better meets the animal’s behavioural needs.

Recently, animal welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon were added to the scheme and focuses on meeting the fish’s physical and behavioural needs.

The standards require people managing fish, to be trained, that handling of fish is carried out in a manner that is low stress, and that management practices limit any negative impacts on the fish.

The standards aim to ensure that fish be held in water of good quality and that farming practices aim to provide all fish with sufficient oxygen and feed, freedom from injury, stress, deformation or disease, and the ability to exhibit normal swimming and schooling behaviour.


Aussie salmon lands AA rating from BRC

Huon Aquaculture has become the first Australian business of its kind to obtain a AA grade in two categories from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards, a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by over 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries.

Huon received the coveted AA rating after a testing and accreditation process of its new Huon Smokehouse & Product Innovation Centre at Parramatta Creek, Tasmania.

Huon Aquaculture Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Bender said the BRC rating was a testament to years of hard work and commitment to standards of excellence.

“Huon has been working tirelessly for three decades to produce and distribute safe, high quality food to Australian consumers,” Bender said.

“BRC is globally regarded as the industry wide benchmark certification for best practice, quality and food safety in the food industry.”

“We are exceptionally proud to be the first Australian salmon company to achieve this rating in two categories.” “We believe this helps us produce some of the best tasting salmon products available in the Australian market,” Bender said.

The BRC Standard ensures customers can be confident in a company’s food safety program and supply chain management. All BRC audits are carried out by a global network of highly trained certification bodies and training providers.

The standard ensures exceptionally high standards when it comes to the competence, qualifications and experience of its auditors which ensures the audit standards are stringently maintained.

Bender said the new Smokehouse and Product Innovation Centre was one of the most advanced in the world.

“This facility is a crucial step in ensuring we are taking the highest quality, innovative products to market, all proudly carrying the Tasmanian brand,” Bender said.

John West create fishy app

John West seafood brand has created a new online tool called Trace Your Fish that allows consumers to trace where their John West seafood comes from.

John west recognises that there is ambiguity around sustainable standards, which was what drove the seafood brand to create a new online tool called Trace Your Fish which allows consumers to trave where their John West fish comes from.

“Trace Your Fish is part of our commitment to ensuring that John West tuna and salmon are responsibly sourced and allows consumers to follow the journey from the waters their fish was caught to the cannery it was processes in,” said Simplot General Manager of Shelf Grocery, Katie Saunders.

Entering a unique code found on the John West code will allow you to find the information about you product.

Safcol’s ready to eat meals designed for busy lives

Safcol recently launched Safcol Salmon Ready Meals, a convenient salmon snacking option for healthy eating while on the go available in Sweet onion and tomato, Italian Herb and Tomato & Spanish Paella flavours.

A range extension to Safcol’s Tuna Meals, which was launched last year, the seafood company says that their Salmon Ready Meals are “a unique innovation to the canned seafood snacking and canned salmon segment offering variety and convenience.”

According to Safcol, Australia and the western world is facing a projected obesity and diabetes epidemic if things don’t change it starts with our lifestyle choices.

Safcol Salmon Ready Meals have been created with Australian taste profiles in mind, and Australia’s number 1 fitness guy Guy Leech and his team of dieticians advised on the formulations from a health perspective.

With protein and omega 3, Safcol Salmon Ready Meals are packed in a 110g bowl, and are ready to eat on the go, with a spork and no heating required.

If we want to keep eating tuna, the world needs to learn how to share

Amid growing demand for seafood, gas and other resources drawn from the world’s oceans, and growing stresses from climate change, we examine some of the challenges and solutions for developing “the blue economy” in smarter, more sustainable ways.

Fishing for tuna, swordfish, jack mackerel, Patagonian toothfish and many other species happens far out at sea, with fisheries often crossing multiple international boundaries.

It’s a huge global industry, which provides billions of dollars a year in direct and indirect benefits to developed and developing countries, and which supplies the world’s food markets. However, overfishing and weak management are serious threats, estimated to cost the world up to US$50 billion a year in lost benefits.

If we don’t learn to better manage transnational fisheries, we risk the long-term viability of key fisheries, as extraordinary global marine biodiversity is reduced to a shadow of its former health.

Whether you care about being better custodians of the Earth’s oceans, or simply want to be sure that we’ll have plenty of good fish in the sea to catch and eat for generations to come, it’s a huge global challenge.

Fortunately, there are new solutions we should be considering – including lessons from a tuna hotspot in the Pacific.


Fresh fish for sale in the Solomon Islands – one of the Pacific nations trialling more sustainable tuna fishing. Quentin Hanich, Author provided


What we’re doing now is making things worse

Australia and other concerned nations have long warned that current levels of fishing are unsustainable and “leading inexorably to an impending crisis for global marine fisheries.”

Strong international action is required to strengthen fisheries management across multiple boundaries, reduce catches to sustainable levels, and optimise benefits to meet development goals.

But traditional management approaches can be politically contentious, especially because they often require consensus from numerous countries with conflicting interests.


A man walks among yellowfin tuna at a fishing port in southern Taiwan in 2010. The United Nations warned at the time that the world risked becoming fishless by 2050 unless fishing fleets are slashed and stocks allowed to recover. Pichi Chuang/Reuters


It’s difficult to get multiple countries to agree on restrictions on fishing activities, or controls on fishing methods, or limits to access to fishing grounds or seasons – especially when that may not seem in their short-term national interest. That can be a particular concern for developing states that depend significantly on fisheries, with few other development and resource options.

Existing negotiation and treaty processes fail to successfully resolve the political aspects of conservation negotiations, and consequently, countries often prove unwilling to compromise.

Some argue that some form of property or use right must be distributed among participants to deal with overfishing, so that industry and others have the right incentives to fish in ways that ensure long-term sustainability and economic viability.

However, applying rights-based management approaches to international fisheries requires first that everyone involved agrees on national allocations before those fishing rights trickle down to those actually catching the fish. Determining such rights through an explicit allocation process is highly fraught and take years of effort, particularly as allocation decisions generally require consensus.

While the negotiations drag on, overfishing continues – and can be exacerbated in a race-to-fish to support arguments for more generous allocations.

In order to build political support, new benefits are required that balance conservation costs. Conservation proponents point to long-term benefits from conservation reductions, but these are often too distant to motivate narrowly focused governments facing short-term electoral cycles.

Rights-based management proponents will argue incentives and higher economic efficiency, but fail to provide a political pathway to distribute these benefits between States with diverse interests.

Solutions for the trans-boundary open ocean require sustainability, value and certainty – not politics.


Unloading fish in the Pacific. Quentin Hanich, Author provided


Pacific nations show the value of scarcity

New markets are required that introduce scarcity values into conservation and turn limits into benefits. International negotiations need to move beyond traditional approaches and adopt innovative measures that create new markets.

A small group of Pacific Island nations are attempting just that, trialling different approaches to managing a crucial part of the world’s tuna supplies.

The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu are all Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), working together to make fishing for tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (shown in the map below) more sustainable.


The Pacific Ocean, crowded with maritime jurisdictional claims. Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi (eds) Navigating Pacific Fisheries: Legal and Policy Trends in the Implementation of International Fisheries Instruments in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. University of Wollongong. Wollongong, Australia. 2009., Author provided


The Western and Central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries, supplying global markets with skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, and albacore tunas. These were collectively worth approximately US$5.8 billion in 2014 and accounted for 60% of the global tuna catch.

Unfortunately, like many other global fisheries, overfishing is occurring and a political stalemate is undermining conservation.


Quentin Hanich, Author provided


Pacific Island nations have long been concerned about conservation limits putting a disproportionate burden of conservation action on to small island nations, and unfairly limiting their development aspirations. There was some justification for those concerns.

Previously proposed conservation measures would have directly benefited longstanding distant water fishing fleets, through capacity or catch limits that rewarded historical capacity and catch, while locking out developing nations with no history of overfishing, and potentially no future opportunity. In effect – it would have been the reverse of the polluter pays principle.

The small group of PNA nations control access to the most productive fishing grounds. So they aare a crucial voting bloc within the Western and Central Pacific Fishing Commission – an international treaty based organisation with responsibility over the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.

Given that the PNA member nations arguably own and control access to most of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna fishery, any conservation and management response must be fully supported by these countries and explicitly avoid any disproportionate conservation burden.



In recent years, the PNA nations have collectively implemented a Vessel Day Scheme that limited access to their productive fisheries and introduced a scarcity value that has dramatically increased benefits. In effect, they have created a new market for ‘fishing days’ and are now trialling auctioning and pooling of days to maximise their benefits.

Next, these countries will need to bring in tighter limits to reduce catches of bigeye tuna to sustainable levels. One of the key impacts on bigeye tuna is the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs) that are set at sea by large-scale purse seiners (seines are also known dragnets) to target skipjack tuna.


Freshly caught tuna in the Solomon Islands. Filip Milovac/WorldFish/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND


While countries involved with distant water fishing have proposed traditional measures that would apply across-the-board restrictions at high cost to the island states, the PNA members have been trialling satellite-based monitoring of FADs at sea. They are also cooperating to begin charging additional fees for the use of FAD sets within their waters, beginning in 2016.

This will create an incentive for purse seiners to set on free swimming schools and reduce FAD sets, and mitigate conservation costs for Pacific island through the additional financial revenue from the licensing fees.

As the scheme settles in, conservation limits can then be implemented to gradually reduce the number of FADs that can be set. This will increase the scarcity value of the FAD set, while decreasing the catch of bigeye tuna to more sustainable levels, and effectively create a new market for ‘FAD sets’.

Innovative management and market solutions will be critical to the sustainable, profitable and equitable future of the global “blue economy”. In trans-boundary fisheries, the Pacific is setting the agenda.

The Conversation

Quentin Hanich is Associate Professor at University of Wollongong

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Tassal lands Australian Business Award for sustainability

Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal has received an Australian Business Award for Sustainability.

The award, which is benchmarked against international performance standards, recognises organisations demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

Tassal Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Mark Ryan said the award was timely.

“The company is delighted to receive this award that recognises its achievements and commitment to responsible and sustainable salmon farming,” he said.

“Underpinning our goal to minimise our impact on the environment is our Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification which has now been achieved across all our farms. We are the first salmon company in the world to achieve this.”

Mr. Ryan said Tassal was committed to continuous improvement, ongoing measurement and transparent communications via its annual sustainability report and continuing leadership role in sustainable salmon farming.

Tassal’s Head of Sustainability Linda Sams said while the company had made significant progress in the sustainability space over the past four years, the company was not being complacent about future work.

“Tassal’s partnership with WWF Australia has been pivotal in our work to date,” she said.

“We still aim to continue to lead sustainable aquaculture production in Australia, with all our products meeting best practice environmentally-responsible standards.”

Tassal is a signatory to the WWF Global Seafood Charter which sets out clear principles and objectives to safeguard valuable marine ecosystems, ensuring the long-term viability of seafood supplies.