Salmon is marketed as a healthy choice.
But the reality of farmed salmon is very different — do you really know what you’re eating?
Australia's three big salmon companies - Tassal, Huon and Petuna, dump at least 10.6 million kilograms of salmon poo in our oceans every year. Laws allow 100% of marine life on the seafloor under salmon farms to die, and some salmon are farmed over mounds of feces, covered in bacteria.
All salmon farmers use 'oxytetracycline', an antibiotic the World Health Organisation says shouldn't be used in salmon farming. Most people don't know that the industry uses genetically altered 'triploid' salmon, or that farmers use an additive called 'astaxanthin' to colour their salmon's flesh its trademark orange colour, because farmed salmon are fed an unnatural diet of grain, chicken feathers and abattoir by-products.
That is why Environment Tasmania has produced a Tasmanian Salmon Consumer Guide. The guide rates salmon companies on their sustainability and animal welfare practices.
What do the ratings show? All three of the big companies farming salmon in Tasmania are rated RED. Australia's big supermarkets buy their Tasmanian salmon from these companies, so the Coles brand Tasmanian salmon and Woolworths' brand Tasmanian salmon are also rated RED.
Please click on the ratings table below to sign our petition to supermarkets. They are the biggest buyers of Tasmanian salmon, so if they lift their standards, big salmon companies will be forced to clean-up their act.
Want to eat more sustainable seafood? Our friends at the Australian Marine Conservation Society suggest more sustainable fish options include wild-caught Australian Salmon, Snapper, Dusky Flathead, Yellowfin Bream, or farmed Barramundi or Cobia. Coles also now sells wild-caught Alaskan Salmon fillets imported by John West, but obviously it's better to buy local if you can.
You can also click on the link below for our full salmon guide, which has all of the information on our ratings and company performance.