Global Compacts Ocean Action Platform has gathered industry leaders, academia, governments and NGOs to take stock of its five tipping points for a healthy and productive ocean by 2030.
These points, identified in the ‘Global Goals, Ocean Opportunities’ document comprise sustainable seafood, decarbonising shipping, harnessing ocean electricity, mapping the ocean, and ending waste entering the ocean.
For the seafood sector the tipping point is defined as fully traceable, sustainable seafood. “The key role of seafood is well recognised, and we are advancing in transparency and sustainable seafood production,” said Wenche Grønbrekk, head of sustainable development in Cermaq, who facilitated the workshop together with Robert Blasiak from Stockholm Resilience Centre.
“What we need going forward is strong commitment from both companies and governments to reduce climate impacts and to facilitate for sustainable growth in seafood production,” she added.
Global Compact is addressing this by developing a guide for seafood companies in setting science-based targets, the launch of which is planned for January 2022.
“Cermaq has committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emission by 35% by 2030 with 2019 as base year,” continued Ms Grønbrekk. “Aquaculture is a part of the solution to producing more low carbon food and reaching the Paris agreement,” she said.