Australis Aquaculture, the world’s largest producer of barramundi was recognized in IntraFish’s “50 Small Seafood Companies to Watch”. A major media group and often regarded as the world’s leading seafood publication, Intrafish covers seafood news in more than 100 countries. With the Massachusetts-based company on track to double sales this year for the third year in a row, US retailers, upscale dining establishments and food service organizations are taking notice of Australis’s environmental awards, product innovations and high ratings for taste, sustainability and health attributes. Australis has rapidly expanded distribution and its products are now available in more than 4,000 retail and club store locations throughout the US and Canada.
“More than 70% of the world's marine fisheries are now fished up to or beyond
their sustainable limit,” said Josh Goldman, Australis Founder and CEO. Goldman started his journey towards sustainable fisheries while still an undergraduate at Hampshire College, an entrepreneurially focused college not far from the company’s headquarters. The combination of the right species and the right farming methodology, which Goldman worked on for decades, have paid off, allowing his aquaculture approach to be an efficient and delicious part of the global food system. Barramundi is now named a top food trend by several major organizations this year including American Culinary Federation. According to the FAO, farmed fish for human consumption may outpace wild-caught as soon as 2015, and Australis is posed to take advantage of that opportunity.
As the world’s largest barramundi farmer, Australis operates some of the most innovative and environmentally friendly fish farms in the world including in Vietnam where Seafood Watch is soon to rank the company for it offshore cages that have pro-actively addressed issues of environmental-ranking organizations. These issues include fish escape, genetic interaction and disease – issues that have troubled the salmon and other fish farmed species but have led Australis to hope for a green ranking from Seafood Watch. The company’s fish in/out ratio, at about 1:1, and these farming innovations are helping the aquaculture industry reach its potential as a sustainable alternative to diminishing wild fisheries, earning the company recognition as a recognized leader in the sustainable aquaculture movement.
Australis Aquaculture is an award-winning provider of healthy, sustainable seafood, marketed under the banner of The Better Fish®, Better Tasting, Better For You, Better For Our Planet. The company spearheaded the introduction of barramundi as a growing culinary trend in North America, and offers a full line of fresh and frozen barramundi to the retail and foodservice markets. Australis’ sustainable practices have been recognized by all of the major NGOs and earned the company the coveted “Seafood Champion Award.”
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