GSI launches inaugural salmon sustainability report

Report showcases key environmental and social data across all member companies.

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) launched June 5 its inaugural "Sustainability Report" at the Economist's World Ocean Summit 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The report showcases key environmental and social data across all 14 GSI member companies. This is the first time a global food sector has collectively reported on sustainability performance indicators, the announcement said.

"The launch of GSI's 'Sustainability Report' demonstrates the group's leadership in creating greater transparency across the aquaculture sector. It is a remarkable achievement that they have developed this collective reporting platform, and we strongly encourage other production sectors and platforms to follow suit," Piers Hart, World Wildlife Fund global lead for aquaculture, said.

The report launch represents a major accomplishment for GSI, and will be critical for reporting against many of their objectives. The online Sustainability Report includes data on:

* Key environmental and social indicators for each GSI member;

* Progress toward GSI's goal of achieving Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across all farms by 2020, and

* The efficiency of farmed salmon as a sustainable and healthy source of protein.

"Today at the World Ocean Summit, global leaders are discussing the potential role aquaculture can play in improving the world’s economic growth. Through the launch of the 'Sustainability Report,' we are able to show how farmed salmon represents a viable solution for economic opportunity, balanced with sustainable operations and improved environmental performance," Cermaq chief executive officer and GSI co-chair Jon Hindar said.

Camanchaca CEO and GSI co-chair Ricardo Garcia added, "In a demographic environment where the world is searching for sustainable sources of protein to feed a growing population, and people are eager for healthier food, farmed salmon rises as a highly efficient and healthy source of protein. Through the launch of this report, the GSI members are demonstrating their commitment to meeting this demand sustainably. The report sets a baseline for industry performance, and generates a reference point to track our progress in a manner that can be transparently reviewed by communities and stakeholders."

The report provides data for all GSI members in the following areas: fish escapes, fish mortality, antibiotic use, sea lice levels, sea lice treatments, wildlife interactions, use of marine ingredients in feed, compliance, occupational health and safety and interactions with the local community.

The full report can be viewed at http://globalsalmoninitiative.org/sustainability-report

GSI is a leadership initiative established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers focused on making significant progress on industry sustainability. Today, GSI comprises 14 companies, representing approximately 50% of the global salmon production industry.

GSI member companies are Bakkafrost, Blumar, Cermaq, Compania Pesquera Camanchaca, Empresas AquaChile, Fjardlax, Grieg Seafood, Huon Aquaculture, Los Fiordos, Marine Harvest, Multiexport Foods SA, New Zealand King Salmon, Norway Royal Salmon and Ventisqueros. GSI companies have a presence in Canada, Chile, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Tasmania.

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