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PRESS RELEASE | GSI’s 7th Annual Sustainability Report highlights 50% reduction in antibiotic use for salmon

  (WORLDWIDE, 5/11/2020)

Key trends from the Sustainability Report include:

 

  • 50% reduction in the use of antibiotics over the past 7 years, which can be attributed to the improvements in antibiotics stewardship, disease control and fish welfare of GSI members
  • In 2019, over 710,000 tonnes of GSI member’s farmed salmon was sold as Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, representing almost 65% of GSI members’ total production. The farms continue their journey to achieving 100% certification
  • A shift towards a more holistic approach to preventing and managing sea lice has resulted in a 50% decrease in medicinal use, and a 130% increase in non-medicinalapproaches since 2013
  • Continuing efforts to accelerate availability and uptake of alternative responsible feed ingredients, such as novel oils (algae and canola crops) and fish by-products, are supporting a growing industry to reduce its dependence on marine ingredients
  • When compared with other animal proteins, farmed salmon represents an environmentally conscious choice, with a lower carbon footprint, requiring less land, and more efficient use of feed resources
  • Farmed salmon provides a nutrient-dense wholefood which supports healthy diets

 

Today, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) published its annual Sustainability Report, providing 7 years of data across 15 key indicators – 10 environmental and 5 social – for more than 50% of the global farmed salmon industry.

 

Blumar use of antibiotics (2018-19) | The amount of antibiotics used is calculated as the amount of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) used (in kg) per tonne of fish produced (LWE). Antibiotic usage has been calculated per calendar year (January–December).

 

Blumar CEO and GSI Co-Chair Gerardo Balbontín said: “Each year we deliver the GSI Sustainability Report, and it is always interesting to see what industry trends will be highlighted. But the trend we are most pleased to see is progress – which is not always a given. It is rewarding and motivating to see that the GSI model is supporting accelerated progress in sustainability performance across the industry, and that we are not only achieving rigorous sustainability standards, but also are making good headway towards longer-term goals and catalyzing innovations that are transforming the industry.”

 

One of the key outcomes from this year’s report is that the audited data reveal a 50% reduction in the use of antibiotics over the past 7 years, when taking into account all regions and companies.

 

Minimizing the use of antibiotics is one of the key priorities of the GSI Biosecurity Taskforce, and this 50% reduction in overall use of antibiotics is a true testament to the commitment of the GSI members in improving antibiotic stewardship, disease control and best-practice sharing. Although situations vary regionally, we know there is benefit for everyone in coordinating efforts to find alternative methods to maintain fish health and welfare, and we will continue to focus on improving the environmental performance of the global industry,”commented Catarina Martins, Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Technical Officer, Mowi.

 

The 2019 Sustainability Report includes a new ‘Nutrient Profile’ section which showcases the nutritional value of farmed salmon – including information on macro- and micro-nutrients, omega-3s, as well as health benefits.

 

GSI members share a vision to provide a healthy and sustainable source of protein to feed a growing population, while minimizing impact on the environment, and continuing to improve their social contribution.

 

“We felt it was important we provide the full picture on farm-raised salmon and salmon farming in this report from both and environmental and nutritional perspective to deliver a complete and transparent overview for stakeholders,” commented GSI CEO, Sophie Ryan. “It is now our role, in GSI, to continue to drive the changes in sustainability performance needed to support salmon farming’s ongoing contributions to healthy, sustainable diets and food systems.”

 

To view the GSI Sustainability Report, please click here.


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