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The new Seafish online tool focusing on the most important farmed species in the UK market. (Image: Seafish)

Seafish devises tool for aquaculture product buyers

  (UNITED KINGDOM, 5/19/2018)

Seafish has devised an easy to use online tool to provide seafood buyers, especially those new to the industry, with a 'one stop shop' on aquaculture.

The public body that supports the GBP 6 billion UK seafood industry has profiled the most important farmed species to the UK market in the tool.

The nine profiles, rising to 14 in the coming months, included in the tool offer a wealth of information on production location and methods with a focus on key environmental issues including farm sites, nutrients, feed, disease and medicines, escapes and introductions as well as sustainability certifications.

In addition, Seafish has pulled information on global, third party certification schemes in the same resource, making it easier for buyers to see what is being done to mitigate environmental and social impacts of aquaculture.

The entity highlights that aquaculture is the fastest growing food supply sector in the world and now accounts for half of all fish for human consumption. It is also recognised as one of the most resource-efficient ways to produce protein.

"Seafood buyers have to look hard to find balanced and up-to-date information on aquaculture and we believe this can impact on the purchasing decisions when retailers or wholesalers are deciding which farmed products they want to make available to customers,” pointed out Lee Cocker, Aquaculture Manager at Seafish.

The executive expressed the hope that the profiles on this tool will provide anybody interested in aquaculture the information they need to make informed decisions and help dispel some of the common myths about farmed seafood.

The aquaculture profile tool complements the Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS) tool which was developed by Seafish four years ago and focuses on wild capture species.

Unlike the aquaculture tool, RASS provides seafood buyers with a risk score based on a range of factors such as stock and bycatch.
 
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