Piers Hart, Global Head of Aquaculture at WWF. (Photo: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre)
Nearly one-quarter of all GSI farms are now ASC certified
The third sustainability annual report published by Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) shows that the salmon industry performance level continues to raise the bar and highlights that one-quarter of all GSI farms are now Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified.
In an attempt to drive industry-wide improvements in sustainability through greater transparency and cooperation, GSI report features 4 years’ worth of data from all 12 GSI salmon farming member companies and documents the GSI members’ environmental and social performance across 14 key sustainability indicators as well as highlighting improvements in responsible business practices.
"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 per cent ASC certified farmed salmon by 2020,” pointed out Piers Hart, Global Head of Aquaculture at WWF.
In his view, sector-wide transformation can only happen through collective sustainability initiatives such as the GSI. Therefore, Hart encouraged all farmed salmon producers to become ASC certified, either individually or through GSI membership.
Referring to the initiative, Per Grieg, GSI Co-Chair and Chairman of the Board, Grieg Seafood ASA, stressed that their intention is to use their 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.
Grieg expressed his hope to lead by example, and demonstrate to other companies, and other sectors, that improving sustainability is a pre-competitive issue.
“What the GSI Sustainability Report demonstrates is that, through greater transparency and greater cooperation, it is possible to achieve change at scale which is good for the environment, and good for business,” the entrepreneur concluded.
GSI member companies are Bakkafrost; Blumar; Cermaq; Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca; Empresas AquaChile; Grieg Seafood ASA; Huon Aquaculture; Los Fiordos; Marine Harvest; Multiexport Foods S.A.; New Zealand King Salmon; and Ventisqueros.
In addition, GSI companies have a presence in Australia, Canada, Chile, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the UK, and make significant contributions to the economies of these respective countries.
Furthermore, the GSI also has a number of Associate Members in both the pharmaceutical and feed industries, including Benchmark Holdings plc; BioMar; Cargill; Elanco; Merck, Sharpe y Dohme (MSD) Animal Health; Pharmaq; Salmofood; and Skretting.
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