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Tassal has 3 months to comply or risk losing ASC label

Two salmon sites fail to meet 19 certification requirements.

Australian salmon producer Tassal failed to comply with 19 Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification requirements at two sites in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, according to an audit report, wrote ABC News. It has three months to address these issues or risk losing the ASC label.

"This is simply the next step in the process of working towards our certification," said Tassal, according to the news site. "Tassal has very good compliance across all its other sites and an adaptive management system in place to support a strong process of continuous improvement.

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However others feel Tassal is playing down the report results.

said the report was proof Tassal's fish were being "kept in conditions where there isn't enough oxygen for the fish to breathe".

"Anyone buying Tassal salmon needs to know the product has come from a marine dead zone and has damaged the World Heritage Area. The product is far from clean and green," Environment Tasmania's Laura Kelly said, according to the news site. "It is astounding that Tassal looks set to lose their sustainability certification for breaking state laws, but the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) still refuses to take any compliance action against Tassal's ongoing breaches."

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