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Worlds Second 'Friend of the Sea' Mussel Company

by 5m Editor
20 January 2009, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Llewellyn, today congratulated Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd on its accreditation as a Friend of the Sea.

Mr Llewellyn said that Spring Bay Seafoods underwent a comprehensive audit late last year to qualify for this certification which can now be used on all the company’s marketing material.

Friend of the Sea is a registered non-profit, non-government organisation established to conserve marine habitat and resources through market incentives and specific conservation projects.

“It is the world’s most recognized aquaculture sustainability standard.

“Spring Bay Seafoods is the first Tasmanian company to be certified as a Friend of the Sea and is only the second in Australia to achieve this status.

“It is the world’s second mussel company to gain this prestigious accreditation after the Europe-based Galician Mussel Industry Association that produces around 240,000 tonnes of mussels annually.”

Mr Llewellyn said Spring Bay Seafoods, a shellfish company operating in greater Spring Bay near the picturesque national park of Maria Island, was recognized for its low-density mussel farming and hatchery production of juvenile mussel spat.

“Spring Bay’s blue mussels are rope-cultured deepwater mussels grown on unique suspended long-lines between 6 to 10 metres below the surface.

“The company claims to have one of the most advanced hatchery production systems for mussels anywhere in the world.

Friend of the Sea is a well-deserved recognition of an innovative Tasmanian company that is striving to achieve excellence in aquaculture and industry sustainability as well as further promoting the excellence that is inherent in the Tasmanian brand,” Mr Llewellyn said.

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