NZ King Salmon deemed sustainable
Last updated 09:49 26/03/2013
The company said the certification covers all NZ King Salmon’s operations – five fish farms and three production units in Marlborough and Nelson. It said the company’s new Marlborough Sounds farms would be audited as they came on stream.
King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said attaining an internationally accepted aquaculture sustainability certification confirmed King Salmon’s world-class environmental standards.
Certification examines farm compliance issues such as community property rights and relations, worker relations, the environment, fish management and welfare, wildlife interactions and supply storage and disposal.
On the production side, it addresses management practices such as quality and staff, environment and food safety and verification and traceability.
Mr Rosewarne says the certification confirmed the company was doing what it said it had been doing.
“Given the high standards we set ourselves, compliance was achievable without a great deal of change to our current processes and procedures,” he said. “Corrective actions following audit were limited and indicative of a sound operation with only minor tweaks required.
“We’re very pleased with this certification. We can carry the certification mark on our packaging and that gives consumers comfort knowing we are managing our activities in an environmentally sensitive and acceptable way.”
The company had done considerable preliminary work on researching which was the best global standard, Mr Rosewarne said.
“We came to the conclusion the certification was one of the best suited to the New Zealand situation, which differs from most other territories in terms of isolation from disease and the king salmon species we farm.”
The company’s operations were audited by an experienced Australian-based certifier who was contracted to the Global Aquaculture Alliance, and audits would be carried out annually, Mr Rosewarne said.
“This is obviously important in all markets but especially so offshore – the United States is an example – where some customers will take product from a certified producer in preference to others.”
Traceability was a very big part of the certification, he said.
“It interconnects links in the aquaculture seafood production chain, assuring purchasers that all steps in the process were taken in compliance with environmental, social and food safety standards.”
IT WAS the feed all along, it seems. Pioneering aquaculture company Clean Seas Tuna has sought compensation worth tens of millions of dollars from two suppliers for the loss of kingfish devastated by the deficiency of an amino acid, taurine, in their feed.
Chief executive Craig Foster said Clean Seas had issued formal dispute notices to its two major feed suppliers after getting independent legal advice and assessment of kingfish feed protocols in Japan.
”The board has determined to invoke formal dispute resolution procedures with both feed suppliers to attempt to find a commercial compromise of the claims the company considers it has against both suppliers,” Mr Foster said.
Clean Seas would not identify those companies it had notified, but industry sources said listed Ridley Corporation and Tasmania’s Skretting were the two major feed suppliers in Australia. Neither Ridley nor Skretting returned calls yesterday.
Mr Foster said it had taken months to determine the cause of the kingfish deaths that struck Clean Seas this year, after two years of poor performance. By adding taurine to the feed, he said, ”simply, empirically, we can see we’ve reversed the whole health problem”.
Clean Seas shares have been in a prolonged slump and have fallen from a high of 8.3¢ in February to 2.4¢ at Wednesday’s close.
Mr Foster said the dead fish stock was worth only a few million dollars but there was also lost productivity from the fish that did not go on to grow.
He would not quantify the total damages claim but said it was ”tens of millions of dollars”. He said further independent testing would be needed. At this stage blaming the feed deficiency was ”only our opinion”.
Clean Seas also said it had achieved early spawning of its southern bluefin tuna brood stock and was confident of achieving viable fingerlings for the transfer to sea cages in December.
BBY analyst Dennis Hulme welcomed as ”very positive” both announcements, on the feed deficiency and tuna propagation. Clean Seas could now ”get back to being a money-making business … [and] potentially a takeover target,” he said.
The Age Newspaper 14/11/12
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/aquaculture-pioneer-goes-fishing-for-compensation-20121114-29cmi.html#ixzz2CLLPQ4oK
The Waitaki Riparian Enhancement Society based out of Glenavy on New Zealands South Island is out to help save the world.
The group is responsible for restocking the Waitaki River and surrounding streams with the King of salmon species, the Chinook Salmon. The volunteer group consisting of 200 members was formed in 2011 out of the need to restock the once abundant rivers and streams in the South Canterbury/North Otago coastal regions.
This year Big Nutrition and LuckyStar feeds donated $20,000 worth of Luckystar Intial and Hirame SM feed to help the group feed more than 60 000 fingerlings until they are ready to be released into the wild.
The history of wild salmon in this area dates back to 1901 when one Lake Falconer Ayson successfully hatched 1 million eggs at Hakataramea and Lake Ohau and released them into the Waitaki River. In 1905 the first 12lb hen was trapped in the River on its return, the following year a further 17 hens were trapped in the Hakataramea River. From then on the numbers steadily increased, and a healthy fishing industry was born.
A half century later rod caught salmon could be caught and sold commercially as well as commercial interests were allowed to net at the river mouth. This saw the taking of nearly 3,000 fish in 1956 which saw the gradual decline of salmon numbers over the next 20 years. By the 1970’s the situation was looking grim as land degradation, drought and the decimation of the Opihi river through water extraction saw the death of a once thriving river system.
Since then, volunteer groups such as the Waitaki Riperian Enhancement Society have spent countless hours working hard to repair the damage done before them. The group also runs fund raising programs to “keep the lights on” so to speak to ensure this once thriving species returns to the numbers that were seen nearly a half century ago.
Not only were we privileged to be part of history in supplying the societies feed, but we were also privileged to actually take part in the fertilisation of the eggs and witnessed first hand the salmon eggs being placed into the incubators at their make shift hatchery on waters edge on a donated plot just outside Glenavy.
The group have created a hatchery using good old fashioned New Zealand ingenuity and hard work, and taken the opportunity to re-establish a run down raceway system, which I believe was one of the original purpose built race way systems ever built in New Zealand.
We wish the Waitaki Riparian Enhancement Society all the best in their endeavour to provide the future generations of New Zealand a healthy and abundant Salmon Fishing industry. We will keep you updated on the groups progress over the next year or so.