Click here to read the ASC Assessment Report-Tassal on the operations in Okehampton Bay, released on 14 October 2018 and made available on 21 October.
This report has been created by SCS Global Services, whose services are paid for by the fin fish farming industry (so hardly independent).
Environment Tasmania ran a piece on the ASC in February last year – here’s some of what they found, as quoted by ET’s Laura Kelly:
“When we tried to determine how Tassal could possibly have kept its ‘clean, green’ logo throughout a period that it was breaching crucial standards, we discovered more money changing hands between Tassal, the ASC, ASC auditors and WWF – up to $1.4 million per year.”
“This is a massive financial incentive for the ASC, its auditors and WWF to allow Tassal to keep its ASC logo – even when it is breaching crucial ASC standards. After thoroughly reviewing all evidence within the ASC’s own reports, we believe this has resulted in Tassal’s consumers being misled about what they are buying,” Ms Kelly said.
Environment Tasmania’s investigation extended to the ‘independent’ auditing company which Tassal pays directly to report to the ASC – SCS Global Consulting.
“When we looked into other companies SCS Global has signed-off as sustainable, we discovered chemical companies in Thailand accused of dumping carcinogens in villagers water supply and biofuels companies which ActionAid and Oxfam have accused of worsening hunger in Africa. This raises serious questions about the rigour of the audits Tassal has paid SCS Global to conduct in Macquarie Harbour” Ms Kelly said.