“The global population is increasing and, in order to maintain at least the current level of per-capita consumption of aquatic foods, the world will require an additional 23 million tonnes thereof by 2020” – FAO, 2012
The world’s population is set to increase to over 9 billion by 2050 and we need to secure healthy sustainable sources of protein to feed that growing population. Seafood is one of the healthiest sources of nutrition available, and can help answer the increasing demand for protein in the coming years.
Wild fisheries are already heavily over fished and exploited, and farmed fish is needed to meet the increasing demand. Almost half of all seafood currently eaten comes from farms, and if aquaculture is to continue to support the growing demand for protein sources, the industry will need to grow too.
While all food production has an environmental impact, as an industry we can minimize our impacts in order to achieve sustainable growth. The GSI sees sustainability to include three main pillars: environmental impact, social responsibility and economic sustainability. In order for the farmed salmon industry to meet the growing demand, we must ensure we make every effort to understand the long term consequences of our actions and abide by each pillar of the sustainability mantra.
The farmed salmon industry is still a young industry, and we recognize that we need to improve if we are to maintain our growth and stability into the future. As the GSI, we know our strength comes from our collaboration and co-operation, and we are committed to collaborating when it comes to the environment. Together, and with the involvement of our stakeholders, we aim to put sustainability at the forefront of all our operations.
The GSI is committed to:
- Minimizing the environmental impact of our operations
- Sourcing sustainable feed
- Continuing to improve the social impact of our operations
- Managing our operations in a manner to support economic growth and stability
- Producing a healthy and nutritious product farmed in a sustainable way
There is no quick way to achieving sustainability, but we know it is our responsibility to make the necessary improvements to safe guard our industry and the waters we operate in. If we make the right decisions now, we can ensure we have a healthy environment into the future.