Nearly one-quarter of Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) member farms are now Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, a 60% increase from 2015, according to the third annual sustainability report.
"We have closely followed the work of the GSI for a number of years now, and are pleased to see further significant progress towards the initiative´s goal of achieving 100% ASC certified farmed salmon by 2020. Setting ambitious sustainability goals remains a crucial factor for every individual company,” said Piers Hart, global head of aquaculture at WWF.
Sector-wide transformation “can only happen through collective sustainability initiatives such as the GSI, which represents almost 50% of the global salmon industry”, he said.
“That´s why we call upon all farmed salmon producers to become ASC certified, either individually or through GSI membership. We also hope it will be an incentive for retailers worldwide to continue to offer their consumers ASC certified salmon,” said Hart.
The report also demonstrates the environmental performance of farmed salmon when compared to other protein sectors, such as chicken, beef and pork. It shows the sector’s low, and decreasing, feed conversion ratio and carbon footprint.
“We want to use our combined knowledge and global reach to raise the bar when it comes to environmental and social performance not only in the farmed sector, but across the food industry as a whole,” said Per Grieg, GSI co-chairman and chairman of the Board, Grieg Seafood. “We want to lead by example, and demonstrate to other companies, and other sectors, that improving sustainability is a pre-competitive issue.”
GSI member companies are Bakkafrost; Blumar; Cermaq; Compania Pesquera Camanchaca; Empresas AquaChile; Grieg; Huon Aquaculture; Los Fiordos; Marine Harvest; Multiexport Foods; New Zealand King Salmon; and Ventisqueros.
In addition, the GSI also has a number of associate members in both the pharmaceutical and feed industries, including Benchmark Holdings; BioMar Group; Cargill; Elanco; Merck, Sharpe and Dohme Animal Health; Pharmaq; Salmofood; and Skretting.