Goulburn River Trout is a family business that involves multiple generations. It is through this paradigm that we commit ourselves to sustainable development. Goulburn River Trout is a business that concerns itself not only with the needs of the present but also the future.
In 1997, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) adopted the following definition for sustainable development, specifically relating to agriculture and fisheries:
"Sustainable development is the management and conservation of the natural resource base, and the orientation of technological and institutional changes in such a manner as to ensure the attainment of continued satisfaction of human needs for present and future generations. Such sustainable development (in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors) conserves land, water, plants and animal genetic resources, is environmentally non degrading, technologically appropriate, economically viable, and socially acceptable."
Goulburn River Trout has all its activities regulated by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Victoria and Fisheries Victoria to ensure compliance with stringent water quality. Both our farm sites have to comply with EPA discharge licences which have been set to a standard that ensures minimal environmental impact. Goulburn River Trout's activities are also third party audited. Both our farms are proud to carry BEST AQUACULTURE PRACTICE (BAP) certification.
Goulburn River Trout has played a leading role over the years in improving the Victorian trout aquaculture industry environmental standards: from working with fish feed manufacturers, to develop high energy / low phosphorus diets, to playing a major role in the writing of the Best Practice Environmental Guidelines - Salmonid Production, in conjunction with the EPA and Fisheries Victoria.