AUSTRALIA - Clean Seas Tuna has had its Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) aquaculture operations in Australia certified as Friend of the Sea.
The Kingfish is sold to domestic and international markets under the brand hiramasa|kingfish.
CleanSeas' Arno Bay Hatchery consists of 406 ha of coastal and estuarine environment. The Hatchery facility grows Yellowtail Kingfish fingerlings indoors by using filtered seawater pumped directly from an ocean intake.
The fingerlings are then transferred to grow-out sea pens in open water sea farm sites located in the Spencer Gulf. Clean Seas is on track to increase annual sales of Kingfish from 570 tonnes in 2012/2013 to 1,500 tonnes by 2015 to meet rising worldwide demand.
The sea pens are designed to maximise water flow and are regularly monitored by dive teams to ensure that the structures are maintained sound and environmental requirements are satisfied. The fish are regularly monitored for health by Health Technicians, all of which is aimed at producing a quality fish - "Exceptional Food Quality".
Clean Seas works within a management system framework of the Australian Standards, AS/NZS 4801:2001 Work Health and Safety Management Systems, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental compliance, ISO 9001:2008 Quality and AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management - Principles and guidelines.
"We are pleased to see our efforts confirmed and recognizable around the world, as our products will continue displaying the 'Friend of the Sea' logo in Europe, Asia and North America," stated Dr Craig Foster, CEO of Clean Seas.
"We recognise that the quality of our farmed seafood is determined by our customers' needs and expectations. To achieve this, we are committed to a process of continually improving our operations and our fish. Consumers need to know when purchasing seafood that there is an alternative to purchasing a depleting seafood species, the alternative is to buy a sustainable aquaculture product that carries the 'Friend of the Sea' seal of approval."
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