June 18, 2024


Global Salmon Initiative releases 11th sustainability report




The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) recently published its 11th annual Sustainability Report, providing over a decade's worth of transparent data across 15 key sustainability metrics for all members in all regions.


The report, which contains over 2,800 data points from 14 GSI members, underscores GSI's collective commitment to aligned, open-access reporting since its inception in 2013.


"By aligning data, GSI has common language and apples to apples comparisons to support decision making and collaboration," said Jason Clay, senior vice president (markets) of the World Wildlife Fund.


The 2023 GSI report outlines the environmental performance and nutritional profile of farm-raised salmon, allowing GSI members to not only demonstrate their contribution to sustainable food systems, but also hold themselves accountable to ambitious sustainability targets.


Using the data in the report, GSI members can identify areas where further effort is required, learn from each other and accelerate the necessary environmental improvements, GSI said.


"Farmed salmon has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of aquaculture sustainability and innovation," said Robert Jones, director of global aquatic food systems at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). "If any aquaculture species has the resources and energy behind it, it's salmon. Farmed salmon can be the leader in sorting out some of aquaculture's biggest sustainability challenges."


"There is no hiding from the data. As a sector, we know now more than ever improvements need to be made and we know they need to happen quickly and in a meaningful way," said Sophie Ryan, CEO of GSI. "The GSI members recognise that the challenges they face are too big to overcome alone and that there is benefit from working together and learning from each other. We continue to utilise the outcomes of the report to guide our work and find ways to reduce our footprint and provide optimal welfare for the fish in our care."


With over 27,000 people employed worldwide by GSI members, collaboration is key to driving industry-wide change at speed and scale.


The latest report showed that in 2023, nearly two-thirds (64%) of GSI members' salmon production was Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, indicating adherence to stringent environmental and social standards.


The report also signals a significant reduction (75%) in the average use of antibiotics since GSI's establishment in 2013, a testament to GSI's commitment to sharing best practices and implementing alternative fish health management strategies. GSI members also have substantially improved the footprint of feed ingredients through improved sourcing strategies such as utilising by-products, assessing and incorporating novel ingredients, and improving efficiencies in feeding strategy.


Nevertheless, GSI noted that production and environmental challenges must continually be addressed.


According to the organisation, farming footprint must be reduced, with continuous improvements demonstrated in operational performance.


GSI members are committed to utilising a unique model of pre-competitive collaboration and improved transparency to generate data-based approaches for sustainability improvements at speed and scale, GSI added.


"Such a coordinated effort helps push companies to report more than they otherwise would have, or at least get them moving earlier," said Dag Sletmo, senior vice president of DNB. "It also helps the users by providing the data in a single and easily available setting and with common definitions, making it much easier to use."



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