The world’s population is 7 billion people and growing. Collectively, we must find ways to feed those people and supply healthy, nutritious sources of protein to our customers.
Wild caught fish are a naturally regenerating resource of high-quality protein. If we allow them to reproduce and grow in a clean marine environment and protect the ecosystems they live in, then we can continue to catch fish forever. That’s the future of our business and we have a strong vested interest in ensuring our own survival, by caring for the health of our oceans and the marine species that inhabit them.
As early adopters and supporters of the Marine Stewardship Council - who have indepdently certified our key commonwealth fisheries and wild caught brands for many years - we take our responsibility as stewards of the ocean seriously.
Our commitment to sustainability is based on science and realised through decisive actions, not just words.
Austral was the first seafood business in the world to be certified as Carbon Neutral.
To achive this we plant over 220,000 mixed native trees in rural Western Australia to offset all of our carbon emissions. This is certified by the Australian Government's 'Climate Active' program.
Being carbon neutral not only makes our staff proud to work for Austral, it also helps differentiate and enhance the value of our branded products whilst contributing towards tackling the challenges of global climate change.
Carbon neutrality is sustainable, and its good business. It’s good for our people, our products and our planet.
Austral continues to collaborate with a range of stakeholders in the fishing industry, including global fishing industry coalitions, inter-governmental agencies and eNGOs on a range of topics such as best practice fisheries management, science to support fisheries management, and contemporary environmental and compliance issues.
We’ve invested heavily in new fishing gear that substantially reduces by-catch (untargeted species unintentionally caught during fishing) thus reducing our impact on a wide range of threatened marine species and seabirds. Healthy marine ecosystems rely on a delicate balance of species inter-dependence. We are committed to keeping this balance in check.
With sustainability driving both our short and long term decisions, we have recently invested over $50 million to develop and build a new, world-class fishing vessel for our Southern Ocean fleet: FV Cape Arkona.
Cape Arkona is one of the most advanced, efficient and versatile fishing vessels of its type in the world.
It also employs world-first hybrid-electric technology. She joined our Southern Ocean fleet in 2020 and has replaced one of our older and less efficient vessels. Cape Arkona will be configured to operate long-lines, trawling and potting, and this unique configuration makes the vessel incredibly versatile.
Innovative new engine and gearbox design will substantially reduce fuel consumption, making it possible for the Cape Arkona to stay at sea longer, travel further and require fewer trips to port for refuelling. This helps to substantially reduce our carbon emissions and our operating costs. The Cape Arkona is a new generation of fishing vessel, built to embody the core values of our business and our focus on sustainability.