Today, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) published its annual Sustainability Report, providing seven years of data across 15 key indicators – 10 environmental and five social – for more than 50 per cent of the global farmed salmon industry.
Grieg Seafood BC, a company of Grieg Seafood ASA, is a proud member of the GSI and is pleased to be part of an action-oriented initiative that is focused on driving the industry-wide environmental changes needed to support salmon farming’s contributions to healthy, sustainable diets and food systems.
“Led by the Global Salmon Initiative, Grieg is fully committed to playing its part in providing a highly sustainable source of healthy food while minimizing our environmental impact where we farm, and supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Rocky Boschman, Managing Director of Grieg Seafood BC.
“We applaud the GSI’s global leadership in salmon farming, its commitment to transparency through this report, and their model in driving progress in the industry.”
The annual GSI report is a testament to the group’s firm commitment to ongoing transparency, and seeing the long-term value in improving the whole industry’s environmental performance.
The report highlights a number of industry-wide trends, including:
- A 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 on their journey to achieving 100% certification; ASC is recognized as the most rigorous environmental standard for aquaculture
- A shift towards more a holistic approach to preventing and managing sea lice has resulted in a 50% decrease in medicinal use, and a 130% increase in non-medicinal approaches 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 ingredientients
- 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 food which supports healthy diets
Alongside the other GSI members, Grieg Seafood BC continues to help feed the world in a healthier, more sustainable way through advancements in responsible salmon farming, such as feed components.
“In the past year, Grieg has improved greatly in some areas, which are featured in this year’s Sustainability Report. We’re proud to report our lowest ever dependency on fishmeal in our feed, and second lowest for fish oil,” said Kristin Storry, Certifications Manager for Grieg Seafood BC.
“We also nearly halved our use of antibiotics in 2019 compared to 2018. These improvements, to name a few, were made alongside the rollout of our new Excellence Program at Grieg, which is helping us move forward on our goal to be 100 percent ASC certified by 2021.”
As GSI members, Grieg recognizes its ability – and responsibility – to drive positive change at scale to offer healthy food, produced with minimal environmental impact.
To view the GSI Sustainability Report, please click here.
The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is a leadership initiative established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers focused on making significant progress on industry sustainability. Today, the GSI comprises 14 companies – representing approximately 50% of the global salmon production industry – that are fully committed to realizing a shared goal of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy food to feed a growing global population, while minimizing its environmental footprint, and continuing to improve its social contribution.
GSI member companies are Australis Seafoods S.A.; Bakkafrost; Blumar; Cermaq; Salmones Camanchaca SA; Empresas AquaChile; Grieg Seafood ASA; Mowi; Multiexport Foods S.A.; New Zealand King Salmon; Nova Sea AS; Salmones Austral; Tassal; and Ventisqueros. 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.
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 and Dohme (MSD) Animal Health; PHARMAQ; Salmofood; and Skretting.