BOI Lists Australis Barramundi as 'Best Choice'
Australis Aquaculture's U.S.-farmed barramundi has been added to the Blue Ocean Institute's "best choices" list of seafood species farmed or harvested in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, the Turners Falls, Mass., company announced yesterday.
The company's barramundi is now categorized as a "best choice" in the top three seafood-purchasing guides for consumers - Blue Ocean Institute's Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood, Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch and Environmental Defense's Seafood Selector - one of fewer than 30 seafood species to do so.
"We are honored that Australis' U.S.-farmed barramundi has achieved this top ranking from science experts in the sustainable seafood community," says Australis' Managing Director Josh Goldman, a pioneer of closed-containment aquaculture. "This achievement recognizes Australis' commitment to sustainability as the cornerstone of our brand and reinforces our mission to be the standard bearer for healthy, delicious and responsibly raised seafood."
Adds Alan Duckworth, Ph.D., research scientist at the Blue Ocean Institute, "We looked closely at U.S.-farmed barramundi and it scored exceedingly well across all categories, earning a total score of 3.45 out of 4. Australis' farming operation in the U.S. appears to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment, efficient conversion of 'food to fish' and an innovative closed re-circulating system that recycles water, prevents fish escapes and disease and reduces waste. Plus, chemicals like antibiotics or hormones are never used, so it's a very clean fish. It really resolves all of the environmental issues in a major way."