Global Salmon Industry Marks Sustainability Goals

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The Global Salmon Initiative, which represents some of the largest players in the salmon industry, has welcomed progress in reducing antibiotic use, managing sea lice through holistic methods and reducing marine ingredients. in aquatic foods, among a range of other sustainability measures.

GSI members represent approximately 40% of global salmon production. The organization was created to encourage improvements across the industry and its annual sustainability report for 2022 showcases achievements on several fronts.

Antibiotic use has been reduced by an average of 48%, thanks to members prioritizing antibiotic management and identifying alternative approaches to managing fish health.

The use of marine ingredients in fish feed has been reduced by an average of 22%, with the introduction and increasing use of new ingredients such as algae and sustainable by-products.

New thinking on how to control sea lice led to a 38% reduction in bath and food treatments.

GSI also reports that nearly half (48%) of GSI members’ production has been certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, which sets the bar high for sustainability and traceability.

In total, the GSI report details more than 2,000 data points for the industry. The organization is also working with the World Wildlife Fund to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions framework to help measure and mitigate the sector’s carbon footprint.

Regin Jacobsen, CEO of Bakkafrost and Co-Chair of GSI, said: “The last three years have shown very clearly that our food system needs much greater resilience. With GSI, we can focus on the areas we know need improvement and prepare for the challenges ahead. This means working collectively to reduce our carbon footprint and biological risks, while continuously improving fish welfare and the contributions of local communities. 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 to be done.

Co-Chair Sandy Delgado, CEO of AquaChile, said, “GSI provides a knowledge-sharing platform that allows us to pool expertise, test different approaches, and work collaboratively to improve well-being. fish, their diet and more, allowing us as members to go further and faster together.

And Sophie Ryan, CEO of GSI, added: “We want our sustainability report to be a signal of members’ shared commitment to developing 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 each other accountable and redouble our efforts in the areas where we need to improve and innovate faster. »

Sophie Ryan

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