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Sustainable Development Goals

How does aquaculture support  the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Turns out, quite a bit! A recent FAO thematic review found that aquaculture supports all 17 SDGs.

GSI's Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, established by the United Nations (UN) as part of their 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Seventeen goals were developed with the aim of creating a sustainable life for future generations, with specific targets set to be achieved.

Science shows that aquaculture, in all its diversity, makes important contributions toward achieving the SDGs, and can increasingly do so in the future. Aquaculture touches on many if not all the SDGs, but has a significant role in:

  • Eliminating hunger & improving health
  • Increasing environmental sustainability of oceans, water, climate, and land through responsible production and consumption
  • Reducing poverty, achieving gender equality, & improving livelihoods

​Meeting the 2030 agenda will be challenging, and as a society we are already falling behind on our goals. But within GSI, we believe aquaculture can be part of the solutions in making progress towards the SDGs, which is why we have set out our commitment to utilize partnership, innovation and harmonized approaches to support progress towards the SDGs.

Our GSI commitment to the SDGs

SDG 14 is a call to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources as part of global sustainable development. The oceans can provide a healthy food source for millions of people around the world, yet this will only be possible if we reduce overfishing, conserve ocean biodiversity, and farm fish responsibly. As this is the foundation to our work as salmon farmers, we have chosen to focus our SDG commitment on SDG 14.

Here is how GSI supports SDG 14 and is committed to acting as responsible ocean stewards:

  • Utilize GSI’s model of pre-competitive collaboration to promote accelerated improvements in responsible aquaculture
  • Transparently report on environmental and social performance via GSI’s annual industry-wide Sustainability Report
  • Drive industry innovation through continued partnerships and sharing of expertise
  • Share knowledge and insights from salmon farming to developing aquaculture sectors to accelerate improvements and support aquaculture as a sustainable food source, and positive contributor to local communities and economies

How GSI aligns with the broader SDGs

No Poverty

SDG1 - No Poverty

Salmon farming, especially in rural coastal communities, provides socio-economic contributions that can reduce poverty and support local economies.

Zero Hunger

SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

As the world’s fastest growing food sector, aquaculture plays an essential role in food security. GSI members share knowledge and insights from salmon farming to developing regions to accelerate improvements and support aquaculture as a healthy and sustainable food source.

Good Heather Wellbeing

SDG 3 – Good health and well-being

Farmed salmon is a nutrient-rich whole food, providing vitamins, minerals and protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids which supports healthy diets.

Quality Education

SDG 4 – Quality education

As a rapidly developing sector, GSI member companies support the next generation of ocean farmers by sharing knowledge and expertise on aquaculture operations, as well as practical skills across a variety of associated fields.

Gender Equality

SDG 5 – Gender equality

GSI members continuously work to provide equal leadership opportunities for women at all levels. We use our platforms to amplify women’s voices and visions for the future of aquaculture.

Clean Water And Sanitation

SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation

A healthy environment is essential for healthy fish, and our farmers are committed to minimizing the impact of their operations to promote clean, healthy waters.

Affordable Clean Energy

SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy

The opportunities for and use of renewable energy has increased across the farmed salmon sector. GSI members have developed renewable energy sources from the outputs of farming operations, such as waste products.

Decent Work And Economic Growth

SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth

Collectively, GSI members alone employ over 23,000 full-time employees and have high standards for occupational health and safety in line with global benchmarking schemes.

Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure

GSI members are committed to implementing innovation solutions and technological developments that help support a sustainable supply chain and more resilient global food system.

Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

GSI members work in partnership with a variety of stakeholders to support the development of local communities through opportunities in sustainable aquaculture.

Sustainable Cities

SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Aquaculture development has contributed to sustainable community development and improved sustainability in food choices.

Responsible Consumption And Production

SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production

GSI members apply circular economy approaches to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste, and report annually on environmental and social indicators to increase the transparency of operations.

Climate Action

SDG 13 – Climate action

GSI members are committed to reducing their climate impact and ensuring salmon farming remains one of the most climate-efficient protein sources.

Life Below Water

SDG 14 – Life below water

As ocean farmers, the ocean wellbeing is of critical importance to us professionally and personally. Which is why we make every effort to protect, sustain and maximize ocean resources.

Life On Land

SDG 15 – Life on land

To ensure sustainable and responsible sourcing of soy, GSI members support and participate in initiatives around the world to help combat deforestation and purchase Round Table of Responsible Soy, ProTerra or equivalently certified products.

Peace Justice And Strong Institutions

SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions

Through collaboration within GSI and with our suppliers and partners, we strive to support in developing a more sustainable, healthy and equitable food system to benefit all.

Partnerships For The Goals

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals

Without partnership, there is no GSI. GSI’s unique ability to drive game-changing innovations across the farmed salmon industry have resulted in real, sustainable change for the sector and SDGs.