SUSTAINABLE CERTIFICATION FOR SPRING BAY SEAFOODS
Sustainable certification for Spring Bay Seafoods. Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd, the Tasmanian company known for its Australian blue mussels, has earned certification for sustainable seafood production by Friend of the Sea.
“It’s been a pleasure working with a company so dedicated to sustainability and who was first certified by us in 2009” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Spring Bay demonstrates that it is possible to apply sustainable principles to deepwater marine farming.”
Spring Bay operates deepwater marine farms surrounding Australia and Tasmania. They operate one of the only commercial-scale mussel hatcheries in the world, raising mussels from seed. In contrast to most mussel farming operations, Spring Bay raises rope cultured mussels in nutrient-rich deep water and on sub-surface suspended long-lines. With a vertically integrated approach, the company can ensure environmental quality across the entire production cycle. Their blue mussels have won many awards including a Gold Medal in the 2019 Australian Food Awards. They are featured in high-end dining in the Asia-Pacific region, but are also popular with consumers.
The Friend of the Sea certification covers the company’s sustainable aquafarming for shellfish, covering the blue mussel species. The certification also covers Spring Bay’s end processing, packing and export operations.