London, United Kingdom – February 20, 2018, 10:00 BST: The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is pleased to officially welcome Australia’s largest salmon producer, Tassal, as the newest farmed salmon producer to join the leading sustainability initiative. This addition increases the GSI membership to 17 salmon farming companies and 8 Associate Members. The GSI’s membership has expanded by more than 40% in just 7 months, demonstrating the industry’s enthusiasm and growing commitment to attain the highest levels of environmental and social sustainability by working together.
“We have been watching the GSI for some time now, and have been impressed by the progress the group has been making in uniting the industry,” said Mark Ryan, Managing Director and CEO of Tassal. “We at Tassal want to be a part of this global movement as we share the same level of ambition and passion for working with other like-minded companies, and while some of our local challenges may differ from those of other members, we see a great opportunity in being part of a group like the GSI and working collaboratively towards a more sustainable future for the sector.”
“We are pleased to be able to welcome Tassal to the growing GSI family and expand our presence in Oceania, in addition to our long-standing members Huon and New Zealand King Salmon,” said Per Grieg, GSI Co-Chair and Chairman of Grieg Seafoods. “It’s a clear indication that the GSI is on the right track, and as more companies and people get involved, our collective efforts will have even greater impact.”
In joining the GSI, Tassal has made a solid committment to embrace the GSI’s core principles of sustainability, transparency and cooperation and — when it comes to making sustainable improvements to the environment — to put collaboration before competition. Additionally, as a member, Tassal will be contributing to the GSI’s core areas of focus, which include improving the management of biosecurity challenges, ensuring sustainable sources of feed, and working with companies to reach 100% farm certification by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard by 2020.
The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is a leadership initiative established in 2013 by global farmed salmon producers focused on making significant progress on industry sustainability. Today, the GSI comprises 17 companies – representing more than half (~55%) of the global salmon production industry – that are fully committed to realizing a shared goal of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy food to feed a growing global population, whilst minimizing our environmental footprint, and continuing to improve our social contribution.
GSI member companies are Australis Seafoods S.A.; Bakkafrost; Blumar; Bjørøya, Cermaq; Compañía Pesquera Camanchaca; Empresas AquaChile; Grieg Seafood ASA; Huon Aquaculture; Los Fiordos; Marine Harvest; Midt-Norsk Havbruk AS; Multiexport Foods S.A.; New Zealand King Salmon; Nova Sea AS; Tassal; and Ventisqueros. GSI companies have a presence in Australia, Canada, Chile, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the UK, and make significant contributions to the economies of these respective countries.
The GSI also has a number of Associate Members in both the pharmaceutical and feed industries, including Benchmark Holdings plc; BioMar; Cargill; Elanco; Merck, Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) Animal Health; PHARMAQ; Salmofood; and Skretting.
For further information on the GSI, please visit or contact us at:
- Website – www.globalsalmoninitiative.org
- Email GSI Secretariat – GSI@axon-com.com
- Twitter – @GSI_Salmon
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