Barramundi producer Australis Aquaculture has become the world’s first producer to achieve certification against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Tropical Marine Finfish (TMFF) Standard for its ocean-based farm in Central Vietnam.
Aquaculturist and co-founder/chief executive, Josh Goldman, searched for three years to identify a fish that could be farmed at a meaningful scale in a sustainable way. From more than 30 species he landed on barramundi and set out to develop a vertically-integrated farming operation in the marine tropics. Today, Australis, founded in 2004, produces a line of frozen barramundi products under The Better Fish and Clean Harvest brands.
The company’s farms in Vân Phong Bay in Central Vietnam integrate seaweed cultivation and a purpose-built frozen supply chain to minimise food waste and CO2 emissions. “We’re thrilled to see a farmer with such an obvious commitment to environmental sustainability embracing the programme,” said Kathleen McDavitt, ASC US market development manager.
Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), also known as Asian sea bass, is popular in Southeast Asian and Australian cuisine and is reported to have become the fastest growing aquaculture species globally over the past decade.
The TMFF Standard launched in 2019 and covers nine separate genera of fish, including barramundi, groupers, snappers, pompano and croaker.