Since its formation in 2013, GSI members – who account for 40 percent of global farmed salmon production – have targeted their efforts on accelerating progress against the most significant environmental challenges facing the sector: biosecurity and sustainable feed sourcing, as well as motivating industry progress towards third-party certification.
The report suggests that these are the areas showing the most progress.
“It also demonstrates that the group’s platform of focusing and coordinating environmental improvement efforts is yielding measurable progress on a global scale,” says GSI in a press release.
GSI says that its success has been driven
by four key elements, applicable across other sectors: greater transparency,
global action, supply chain engagement, and local capacity to implement. It aims to use these not only to
help improve aquaculture, but also to create ripple effects across the global food
It is working with global
partners to extend this momentum, including World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with
whom it is developing an industry-wide reporting framework to measure
greenhouse gas emissions for the aquaculture sector and identify ways to
mitigate climate impact.
Commenting on the publication of the new report, Regin Jacobsen, Bakkafrost CEO
and GSI co-chair, stated: “Sustainability reporting is part of normal business
operations these days, but the GSI report is unique in that it provides data
industry-wide and year on year all in one place. What started out as a means of
making each of us members accountable has become a key tool in helping us
identify where we need to make greater progress, and then challenging the GSI
platform to find solutions and implement them – with the end goal of ensuring a
more sustainable industry and a more responsible product for consumers.”
“Each year we assess both our
GSI goals and the sustainability report to see how we can evolve and strengthen
them to drive further environmental progress. As we are embarking on our new
work with World Wildlife Fund on climate impact and mitigation, we are hopeful
that soon we will be able to add more carbon-specific measures to the report to
cement the sector’s role as a leading provider of eco-efficient and
Sophie Ryan, CEO of GSI, reflected:
question we have to ask ourselves today is how we can develop a food system
that provides the amount of healthy food we need while not destroying our
planet. Salmon farming alone will not be the answer, but done right, it is
definitely part of the solution. Our job within GSI now is to get it right.
With the commitments of the members, we have created a framework to drive the
necessary improvements industry-wide at speed and scale – and this report shows
us where and how. The findings are not just for our stakeholders, but for our
own members as we hold each other accountable and identify where we
collectively need to work harder.”
The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon course
It is vital that fish farm operatives who are responsible for farmed fish are trained in their health and
welfare. This will help to ensure that fish are free from disease and suffering whilst at the same time
promote good productivity and comply with legislation.
Jason Clay, senior vice-president,
markets & executive director at WWF’s markets institute, added: “What makes
GSI stand out is that they brought together company CEOs and empowered
technical staff to work together and do the hard work of addressing the
sector’s critical challenges – feed, welfare and impact. Through
information-sharing to find solutions and motivate environmental improvements,
they flattened the learning curve for everybody on how to make the industry
more sustainable. The model has proven to be successful and deliver results,
and now we need other sectors to follow suit.”