WWF-Australia today congratulated Mark Ryan, CEO of Australia’s most significant aquaculture business Tassal, on receiving The Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award over the weekend.
The award recognises an individual executive’s contribution towards the economic, social or environmental sustainability achievements of the organisation or company they work for and which has collateral benefits for the globe.
In 2012 under Mark’s leadership, Tassal partnered with WWF-Australia. The partnership with WWF, along with Mark’s passion for sustainability, led Tassal to become the first producer of farmed salmon in the world to achieve full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across all sites in November 2014.
ASC certification is the highest standard for responsibly-farmed seafood in the world and provides credible, third party validation to consumers that they are purchasing seafood from farms that limit impacts on the environment and communities.
“It is critically important that aquaculture operations such as salmon farms are managed responsibly so that the industry can be part of a solution to feeding a growing global population – without placing further stresses on the environment,” said Dermot O’Gorman, CEO WWF-Australia.
“I am delighted Mark’s contribution towards environmental sustainability has been recognised through this award and WWF looks forward to continuing this important work with Tassal into the future.”
Macquarie Island project wins Natural Capital Award
The Banksia Awards also recognised the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project, with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service taking out the Banksia Natural Capital Award.
Between 2007 and 2015 the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service undertook the world’s largest island eradication project to remove all rabbits, ship rats and mice from World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island.
A donation of $100,000 from WWF-Australia and Peregrine Adventures helped instigate the program which saw the eradication of these three invasive mammal species on Macquarie Island.
Full details of the winners can be found at: http://banksiafdn.com/winners/