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2016-11-02 10:54:20 copyfrom： hits:
Rainbow trout farm. (Photo: BAP)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
Goulburn River Trout has obtained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, becoming the first rainbow trout business in Australia and the Eastern Hemisphere to attain this achievement.
The company’s farms, Thornton Farm and Walnut Island Farm, which are located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in northeast Victoria, earned BAP certification on October 25.
The rainbow trout are grown out in raceways using water from the Goulburn River, which flows from Lake Eildon, providing a year-round supply of cold, clear water.
The firm, which is responsible for its own trout breeding, grow-out, processing and distribution, produced just over 1,000 metric tons of trout in the last fiscal year.
Its products, including fresh, frozen and smoked whole trout and fillets, are distributed domestically and exported to Asia.
The Goulburn River Trout farm was established in the mid-1970s by the Leake family. In 1990 Hugh Meggitt bought the family’s farm and an expansion program was commenced.
“Goulburn River Trout is really pleased to be the first trout-farming business in our neck of the woods to gain BAP certification. We are a long-running family operation, and sustainability and intergenerational farming is central to the way we operate,” pointed out one of the firm’s managers Ed Meggitt.
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