60% more Aquaculture Stewardship Council certified sitesStaff Writer | April 27, 2017
Over a quarter of the sites farmed by the 12 companies that are part of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) were Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified by the end of 2016 – a 60% increase compared to the previous year.
Seafood Milestones marked by salmon initiative
GSI published its latest Sustainability Report today and it features 4 years’ worth of data from all the initiative’s member companies. Using the ASC Salmon Standard as a framework, the report documents members’ environmental and social performance across 14 key sustainability indicators, and highlights improvements in responsible business practices.
Continuing to raise the bar in industry transparency, this year’s report is also the first to include data verified by independent auditors, providing additional credibility and reassurance for stakeholders.
The preferential environmental performance of farmed salmon when compared to other livestock sectors on indicators such as carbon footprint, energy retention and protein retention.
The continuing improvements in the responsible use of feed ingredients by GSI members, with the average feed conversion ratio for farmed salmon now at 1.3:1.
GSI members employ almost 20,000 people across small and rural communities globally.
There is a focus on ongoing positive social impact through meaningful interactions with local communities.
A move towards greater use of innovative and holistic approaches to disease management is notable. ■