Global Salmon Initiative launches first progress report

Report showcases key activities and achievements of initiative in improving farmed salmon industry sustainability one year after launch.

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) launched Oct. 23 its inaugural progress report "Building the Foundation for a Sustainable Future."

This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective and highlights its approach and progress towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.

The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before chief executive officers of GSI members will speak at the AquaSur 2014 "Pathways to Sustainability" seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.

The report provides an overview of the initiative's current activities and highlights progress in improving biosecurity, sourcing sustainable feed, achieving the ASC standard, building partnerships and enhancing transparency in reporting and communications. In addition to the growth of its membership and expansion into three new farming regions, key 2013-14 highlights reflected in the report include:

* 13 GSI salmon farms have achieved the rigorous ASC standard certification.

* All GSI member companies are actively working to raise industry standards and plan for future certification.

* New biosecurity protocols have been developed and implemented, as a result of knowledge and best-practice sharing across companies and regions. Such action has resulted in a reduced sea lice count for this period in Chile.

* Efforts to source and evaluate sustainable feed through alternative EPA+DHA-rich resources have been initiated.

* GSI is developing a reporting dashboard that will track progress towards key environmental and social indicators, as well as report progress towards the ASC standard.

GSI, now comprising 18 salmon producers across nine countries, has also released a short film to accompany the report. The film shares the story behind the creation of GSI, the importance of its mandate, and its key achievements to date.

GSI member companies are Bakkafrost, Blumar, Cermaq, Compania Pesquera Camanchaca, Empresas AquaChile, Fjarolax ehf., Grieg Seafood, Huon Aquaculture, Leroy Seafood Group, Los Fiordos, Marine Harvest, Multiexport Foods SA, New Zealand King Salmon, Norway Royal Salmon, Pacific Star Salmon, SalMar, The Scottish Salmon Co., Scottish Sea Farms and Ventisqueros. GSI companies have a presence in Canada, Chile, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Tasmania, and make significant contributions to the economies of these respective countries.

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