We’ve expanded our seafood range to include some new oceanic delights. Building upon our existing favourites (Salmon fillets, Barramundi Fillets, Flathead tail fillets and Aussie Prawns) we now stock; wild caught whole Rainbow Trout from Victoria, line-caught whole baby Snapper from NZ and whole Baby Barramundi from Coral Coast QLD – as well as new crowd-pleaser, Salt and Pepper Calamari. As of next week we’ll have in-store produce from The Canadian Way – including Wild Sockeye Salmon, Caviar, Halibut, Black Cod and Albacore Tuna – all wild-caught, sustainable. Coming to us frozen from Alaska.
Just like everything else Cannings does, we want to be sure that our produce is sourced ethically, naturally and sustainably – which, with seafood can often be a delicate process.
One of Huon’s Salmon Farms that dot the South-East corner of Tassie
We get asked a lot about our our fresh Salmon. Yes it is farmed, just across Bass Strait in Tasmania in the Huon Valley, but we think that Huon Aquaculture is what every fish farm should strive to be like. Huon are acutely aware of the concerns surrounding fish-farming and make it their business to address the root of these apprehensions. They do this by systematically ensuring that every step of their farming process is driven by the desire to raise standards in the industry.
Firstly, their pens are situated in bays and estuaries along the South-Eastern coast of Tasmania – meaning that the fish live in natural seawater, which is has the optimum oxygen content (averaging 9mg/lt). At that line of latitude the temperature of the water is ideal for raising Salmon – the only locale in Australia that is. Because they use ocean water pens and not tanks, Huon are able to achieve the lowest stocking density of any Salmon farm in the world! Each pen contains a whopping 99% water and just 1% fish.
In terms of feed and sustainability of feed, the Salmon at Huon eat fish meal and fish oil made from small oceanic “forage fish” like anchovies – which provide the Salmon with the nutrients necessary to grow. Currently, it takes approximately 1.69kg of fish meal to produce 1kg of Salmon – so it’s not 100% sustainable, yet – but as the feeding systems and feed become more efficient (as they’ve been doing over the past 5 years) the impact is reduced.
Huon Aquaculture are all about transparency and have constructed a really helpful infographic detailing their approach to sustainability. You can see it here.
Fish farming isn’t perfect, but we consider ourselves lucky to have farms like Huon setting new sustainability targets for the industry. They are dedicated to abandoning the often bad reputation that surrounds fish-farming and strive for naturally produced fish, guilt-free.