Sustainability certification - ASC standard

As members of the GSI we are committed to making significant improvements in the sustainability of our salmon farming operations, and to reaching the highest levels of environmental and social performance. Transparency plays an important role in this, and we understand that our progress in achieving our sustainability goals requires evaluation, and that certification offers a credible and reliable means of doing so.

As GSI members we have selected to use the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard as our chosen certification for GSI members to work towards, and we have committed to have 100% of farms certified by 2020. ASC was chosen as it is the most challenging and all-encompassing sustainability standard available.

In addition, ASC-certified farmed salmon is recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program as a “Good Alternative”, and is therefore on the recommended list of seafood for seafood buyers and consumers to buy. When consumers purchase ASC-certified salmon, they can feel confident they are selecting seafood certified to the highest social and environmental standards.

At the end of 2016, we had reached over 110 farms certified, which is over 20% of total GSI farms, and we have many more farms on the path to certification. You can track our progress towards this goal by visiting our ASC page.

We also use the ASC standard as a reference point for tracking our progress towards improved sustainability, and transparently share all of this data via our Sustainability Report.

The GSI Sustainability Report is an industry first for showcasing data across different companies and different regions in one location, which is updated on an annual basis. The report covers data on:

  • Global production
  • Carbon footprint
  • Feed conversion ratio
  • Energy retention
  • Protein retention
  • Edible yield
  • Fish escapes
  • Fish mortality
  • Antibiotic use
  • Sea lice counts
  • Non-medicinal treatments
  • Use of marine ingredients in feed
  • Certifications
  • Social compliance
  • Occupation health and safety
  • Community engagement
  • Direct labor
  • R&D investment

To view our Sustainability Report and see our progress please click here.

As members of the GSI we also continue to work with a number of additional standards including Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), and GlobalGAP (Good Agricultural Practices).

While the ASC standards will be difficult to achieve, we hope that through collaboration, and the commitment to sharing best-practices, we can use the standard as our reference point in making measurable and significant progress. We hope that by sharing such extensive data in this way, we can involve our stakeholders in our journey towards a more sustainable future for salmon farming.