Huon, like its main competitor Tassal, operate salmon farms in the estuary at the mouth of the Huon River in Tasmania. Huon produces over 15,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and Ocean trout per year. In Aug 2021 Andrew Forrest's private holding company Tattarang increased its stake to 18.5%, blocking a takeover attempt by meat giant JBS.
|Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
| Tattarang Pty Ltd
owns 18% of Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd
|Huon Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd|
Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation.
Source: Australian Packaging Covenant (2020)
Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan's 2021 book "Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry" produces a range of allegations against the Tasmanian salmon sector - relating to feed ingredients, pollution and political skullduggery. These include the use of poultry by-products in feed, as well as the addition of ethoxyquin, which he says is potentially carcinogenic, to stabilise the feed.
Source: The Fish Site (2021)
Huon Aqua operate salmon farms in Tasmania. GoodFish, Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide recommends you 'say no' to farmed Atlantic salmon (Red rating). It's website states: produced in sea cages; carnivorous species that is dependent on wild caught fish that is manufactured into fish feed. While the amount of wild caught fish in feed has been reduced over recent years, the amount of wild-caught fish used in feed is currently more than the weight of salmon produced; localised impacts from salmon farming effluent are minor and short-lived; impacts of the industry on a broader ecological scale are less well understood; producers have reduced the use of antibiotics.
Source: GoodFish (2020)
Currently around 98% of Huon Salmon is raised to the RSPCA's animal welfare standards. Salmon on RSPCA Approved farms have a well-managed environment with clean, oxygen-rich water with plenty of space for swimming, protection from predators and handling in a low-stress manner.
Source: RSPCA Australia (2020)
This company has sustainability claims on its website including efforts in the areas of fish welfare, wildlife management and minimising the impact on the local marine environment.
Source: company website (2021)
This company is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative, global leadership initiative founded and lead by salmon producers dedicated to determining the best measures by which their sector can grow sustainably.
Source: GSI (2014)
Transcript from the ABC's 7:30 Report (2009). Issues raised include use of antibiotics, damage to marine environment, use of 4kg of wild fish to produce 1kg of farmed salmon, being called the "battery hens of the sea". Please note however that reliance of wild caught fish has reduced in recent years, and in 2014 Huon claimed it uses 1.69kg of wild/forage fish to produce 1kg of farmed salmon.
Source: ABC (2009)
According to data released by the Australian Tax Office in Dec 2018, this company was one of 2,159 local and foreign-based companies that paid no tax in Australia in 2016-17. Please note however that companies pay income tax on profits, not revenue (total income). While some companies use tax havens and loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax in Australia, other companies that paid no tax have perfectly legitimate reasons.
Source: ATO (2018)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Address||Dover, TAS, Australia|
|Phone||03 6295 8111|
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