According to the organisation, the latest report – which provides access to data across all the initiative’s 13 farming members against 15 environmental and social indicators – “demonstrates how GSI’s pre-competitive collaboration model is yielding measurable environmental progress”.
“The past three years made it abundantly clear that our food system needs far greater resiliency. Through GSI, we can focus on the areas we know need improving and prepare ourselves for the challenges to come. This means working collectively to reduce our carbon footprint and biological risks, while continually enhancing fish welfare and local community contributions. GSI’s sustainability report serves as both an annual reminder of how far we’ve come as an industry and a compass to guide the work that remains,” said Regin Jacobsen, Bakkafrost CEO and GSI co-chair.
These results are among the 2,000+ data points available in the report. According to GSI, this makes it the largest source of consistent, independently-audited data across the seafood sector.
Acknowledging that this report is part of a longer-term journey of continual improvements in sustainability performance, GSI continues its close partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions framework to help measure and mitigate salmon farming’s carbon footprint, with the goal of adding this data into a future iteration of its annual report.
Sophie Ryan, GSI CEO, noted: “GSI’s industry-transforming model unites 23,000 people around the world in producing farmed salmon that’s raised to be better. The result is a collective of global expertise, years of experience and a shared commitment to constantly do better for the fish, the ocean and the communities where we farm. We want our sustainability report to be a signal of members’ shared commitment to raise a great product in the most responsible way. But, the proof is in our data and we know that good is never good enough. This report is our way of motivating progress, holding one another accountable and doubling down on areas where we need to improve and innovate faster.”