Victorian producer recognised in Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards

Posted by Josette Dunn on 8th September 2010

Yarra Valley Salmon’s environmental practices have seen it recognised in what are regarded Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards.
The boutique fresh water aquaculture farm has been named a finalist in two categories in the Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards.
The accolades recognise the farm’s commitment to the environment and the humane treatment of its fish.
Yarra Valley Salmon is the only fresh water aquaculture farm of its kind in Australia to take a natural approach to rearing, and milking, Atlantic Salmon.
The farm’s 50,000 + Atlantic Salmon are raised in long earthen ponds fed by waterfalls, without the use of chemicals or antibiotics.
It follows the UK soil association guidelines for organic aquaculture and is now working towards official organic certification.
General Manager Mark Fox says by following the strictest guidelines available it not only ensures the sustainability of the river, but it has a direct impact on the quality of the caviar.
“By keeping the fish stocks low, the water is cleaner, the fish are healthier and happier and that results is much better quality caviar.”
The farm’s practices include minimal water, waste and power usage.
“All the water which comes into the farm goes back to the river the same way it came in, passing through two settlement ponds, which prevent any fish food waste from re-entering the river.”
Earlier this year a study carried out by the Department of Primary Industries found the water quality on the Rubicon River in the Yarra Valley Ranges, where Yarra Valley Salmon is based, has actually improved from previous studies.

It was also named a finalist in the Delicious 2010 Produce Awards, and took out a top award at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, which recognises and rewards innovation, diversity and excellence in agricultural production.