Where to find RSPCA Approved salmon?

RSPCA Approved Seafood / 28th Oct 2020

For seafood shoppers who want to support higher welfare, we have an exciting announcementLaunching this week, Huon RSPCA Approved Salmon is coming to Coles! The RSPCA Approved certification on Huon Salmon is much more than a marketing term — it means salmon has come from a farm with a focus on good fish welfare. Here’s how ... 

Like other animals, fish can experience pain and suffering. With aquaculture (the farming of fish) set to be one of the fastest-growing animal protein production sectors in the world, it’s important that fish are farmed to high animal welfare standardsincluding humane handling and slaughter 

Firstly though, what about wild-caught fish? 
A key animal welfare concern with wild-caught fish (as well as farmed fish) is how they are slaughtered. Common ways to kill fish include by asphyxiation (from being taken out of water), exposure to very low temperatures (by placing them on ice) or from bleeding out without stunning (through the gutting process)Given these methods can take minutes to hours to induce insensibility and can cause significant suffering for fishthese should not be considered humane ways to slaughter fishAdherence to standards around the careful handling and effective stunning of fish prior to slaughter is important and, for wild-caught fish, the RSPCA strongly supports further research and development in how to effectively and humanely stun and kill fish when they are caught in the wild.  

What does RSPCA Approved mean on salmon products
Being RSPCA Approved means the fish have been raised with consideration of their welfare throughout their entire life, from the time they are hatched right through to slaughter. 

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for farmed Atlantic salmon are detailed and were developed with consideration of animal welfare science, RSPCA policy, and Australian-specific farming practices. They focus on providing salmon with oxygen-rich water to swim in, enough space to swim effortlessly and perform schooling behaviours, close monitoring to ensure good health, low stress handling, and stunning at slaughter (which is important for a humane death).  

Being RSPCA Approved also means regular assessments by specialised RSPCA Assessors, to ensure the standards are being met. Last year alone, 18 assessments were conducted at locations where RSPCA Approved fish are bred, raised and slaughtered 

Who is Huon Aquaculture?
Huon Aquaculture is a fish farming company based in Tasmania. It was founded in 1986 by Peter and Frances Bender. The company has a strong focus on fish welfare and is the first (and only) farmed Atlantic salmon producer to meet RSPCA Approved standards and to go through the rigorous assessment process.  

What to look for
For shoppers looking to buy higher welfare seafood, look out for the RSPCA Approved logo on pre-packaged Huon RSPCA Approved Salmon in NSW Coles stores.  

Find out more answers to questions about how the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is improving the lives of farmed salmon.

Want more? Which salmon is best for welfare? Or Huon Aquaculture: Putting animal welfare first .


  1. Helen P Wright says:

    Thank you for this information and for the education it gave me. I will definitely now look for Huon farmed salmon. I had no idea that the catching of wild salmon involved so much cruelty. I hope this will be the beginning of a whole new approach to fish farming [including the protection of the sea bed etc.]

    • Carlien Le Lacheur says:

      My question s exactly the same as Coral’s. Now that I am informed about welfare issues for Atlantic Salmon (thanks RSPCA), I need to be able to buy it. I live in Queensland and I am a Pescarian.

      • Hi, thanks, that’s good to hear but unfortunately RSPCA Approved salmon isn’t currently available in Queensland. I’d encourage you to get in touch with your local Coles and ask if they can stock it!

  2. Thanks for the above information. When I have seen fish reeled in I have often wondered if they are humanly treated.
    I am a shopper from now on who will look out for the RSPCA APPROVED LOGO when I shop at Coles.

    Want more? Which salmon is best for welfare? Or Huon Aquaculture: Putting animal welfare first

  3. Christopher Stuart Harrison says:

    Quote… “look out for the RSPCA Approved logo on pre-packaged Huon RSPCA Approved Salmon in NSW Coles stores. ”
    So NOT available in Queensland then…

    • Hi Christopher, unfortunately not currently in Queensland. I’d encourage you to get in touch with your local Coles and ask if they can stock it.

  4. Marilyn Harrison says:

    Where do I find the best human Salmon I buy from Coles but it sometimes doesn’t have a nice favour
    so does that mean it wasn’t human slaughtered

  5. there is no Tasmanian salmon that should be approved the farming practices are destroying the environment in Tasmana

    • Hi Rick, thanks for your comment.

      Compliance with regulatory requirements in relation to environmental impact management and monitoring is a prerequisite of the RSPCA Standard for farmed Atlantic salmon. The aquaculture company must also demonstrate ongoing compliance with a recognised, third-party audited certification scheme that promotes best environmental practice. For more information visit the RSPCA Knowledgebase.

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