Environmental Certification Schemes: a platform for responsible farming practices in Tasmanian salmon aquaculture

Dr Belinda Yaxley1

1Petuna Aquaculture, Devonport, Australia


Working within Australia’s coastal zone, the salmon Industry has a responsibility to manage the marinescapes where salmon production occurs. Independent third-party certification provides salmon aquaculture with a platform that independently assesses the responsible farming practices used to produce salmon and the ecosystem we operate in. Since their inception, multi-standards such as Aquaculture Stewardship Council and Best Aquaculture Practices have promoted responsible farming practices across the globe. Using examples from the Tasmanian salmonid Industry, these practices will be explored in the context of improvements across the industry, improvements which are supported by the aquaculture certification journey.


Belinda Yaxley has a PhD in Zoology and over 15 years’ experience in natural resource management. As the Sustainability and Accreditation Officer for Petuna Aquaculture she is working with certification standards focused on responsible farming and sustainable practices for the company and Tasmanian Salmon Industry but is equally passionate about the application of sustainability efforts and responsible farming practices in all areas of aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries across the globe. This is exemplified by her being a member of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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