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Changing the tide:

          sustainable food

          from the ocean                                                       Sophie Ryan,

                                                                               CEO of the Global Salmon Initiative

          Aquatic foods can play a central   As one of the most eco-efficient protein   diseases. What is lesser known is that
          role in supporting healthier,     production sectors, and one of the most   farmed salmon is also one of the most
          more sustainable and nature       nutritious foods available – farmed fish has   resource-efficient animal proteins - meaning
          positive diets. How do we help    great potential in meeting growing demand   that it is highly efficient in converting feed
          realize this potential?           for planetary healthy food systems. But can   into food for humans, minimizing the use
                                            it live up to the promise?         of natural resources. The combination of its
                                                                               nutritional and environmental profiles mean
                                            With animal agriculture responsible for   that farmed salmon can play an important
                                            more greenhouse gases than all the world’s   role in healthy, sustainable food systems.
                                            transportation systems combined, the food
          “ The ocean could                 production industry has been named as   However, like any food production sector
           supply over six times            a key contributor to climate change. As   the industry has faced challenges – from
           more food than it does           populations continue to grow, and demand   the use of marine ingredients in feed, to
                                                                               managing escapes and possible sea lice
                                            for food is set to double by 2050, we need
           today. This represents           to rethink current food systems to ensure   outbreaks – which need to be effectively
           more than two-thirds             they support widescale, healthy diets, and   addressed to ensure long-term responsible
           of the edible meat that          are sustainable for the planet.    and sustainable operations.
           the FAO estimates                The oceans cover 70% of our planet, yet   And while significant progress has been
           will be needed to                only 5% is currently being used for food   made in recent years, there is still more to
           feed the future global           production. While the oceans offer huge   be done; it is important that we continue
           population.”                     potential, we must be conscious that The   to make headway in improving our
                                                                               environmental performance. To support
                                            Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
           The Future of Food from the Sea,   estimates that 93% of wild fisheries are   this mission, the Global Salmon Initiative
           Report from the High-Level       already ‘fully’ or ‘over’ fished, and therefore   (GSI) was established in 2013; representing
           Panel (HLP) for a Sustainable    we cannot continue to use these resources   over 40% of the global industry, we use
           Ocean Economy                    at the scale we have. Farming of fish offers   collective problem-solving to drive
                                            an opportunity to better utilize the ocean for   sustainability improvements across
                                            food production while alleviating pressure   the entire global industry. We believe
                                            on fish stocks.                    that by collaborating on environmental
                                                                               improvements, we can deliver significant
                                            The opportunity:                   change, at speed and scale, to address the
                                            Aquaculture, and specifically farmed   challenges our food system is facing.
                                            salmon – one of the most consumed fish
                                            worldwide – can help meet the growing   In the eight years since its conception,
                                            demand for eco-efficient, healthy foods.   the GSI has demonstrated measurable
                                            Responsibly farmed salmon is a nutrient-  and tangible progress in improving
                                            rich food that provides many health benefits   the sustainability profile of the sector   1 Figure as of end of 2020
                                            to consumers; it is high in omega 3 fatty   including:
                                            acids, minerals and vitamins, which can   •   60%  of GSI members farmed salmon
                                            help reduce the risk of many cardiovascular   production is Aquaculture Stewardship

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