Farmed salmon is one of the most eco-efficient and sustainable forms of protein available. The coastal waters of B.C. naturally provide the temperature, salinity and other conditions for farming healthy salmon.
Fish farming is among the most environmentally-friendly forms of animal husbandry.
- Fish can be farmed with only 2.9 kg of carbon equivalent per kg of edible product.
- Pork requires 5.9 kg of carbon equivalent per edible kg of pork and beef requires 30.0 kg per edible kg of beef (SINTEF, 2009). (4)
Canadian fish farmers use less than 1.2 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of fish.
Fish farming is among the most climate-friendly forms of animal husbandry. Replacing pork and beef with fish would significantly reduce individual carbon footprint
GRIEG SEAFOOD EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
Launched in 2019, the Grieg Seafood Excellence (GSE) Program is an integrated management system that incorporates the best practices in safety, environment and social licence. All Grieg BC’s sites are being held accountable to this higher internal standard to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable operations.
The GSE program also incorporates elements of the BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices), ASC and OSSE (Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence) certification standards that will assist our sites in achieving or maintaining these certifications.
Through the GSE program, Grieg BC is currently seeking ASC certification for its Nootka Sound sea sites by 2020. This is the world’s leading standard for aquaculture.
To read more about Grieg BC’s ASC certification goals, click here.
Grieg BC getting greener
Grieg Seafood BC has begun decreasing its purchase of and reliance on single-use plastics for its office and sea site accommodations, including bottled water, plastic bags and plastic straws. Grieg will also limit its purchasing of company T-shirts and other wearable apparel, as we believe in reducing our impact on the growing microplastics problem in our oceans:
Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibers — all of which are forms of plastic — are now about 60 percent of the material that makes up our clothes worldwide. Synthetic plastic fibers are cheap and extremely versatile, providing for stretch and breathability in athleisure, and warmth and sturdiness in winter clothes.
These fibers contribute to ocean plastic pollution in a subtle but pervasive way: The fabrics they make — along with synthetic-natural blends — leach into the environment just by being washed. Estimates vary, but it’s possible that a single load of laundry could release hundreds of thousands of fibers from our clothes into the water supply.
And these tiny fibers — less than 5 millimeters in length, with diameters measured in micrometers (one-thousandth of a millimeter) — can eventually reach the ocean. There, they’re adding to the microplastic pollution that’s accumulating in the food chain and being ingested by all sorts of marine wildlife, and even us. Most of the plastic that’s in the ocean, in terms of number of pieces, is not in the form of whole products like cups or straws, but instead broken-down shreds of plastic.– Brian Resnick, Vox