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).