UN Environment Top Executive backs call to end harmful fishing subsidies: $20 billion p.a. “directly contribute to overfishing”… ‘Astonishing’

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UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim issued a statement on July 20 2016 from Nairobi in support of a call by the UN Commission on Trade and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization to end harmful fishing subsidies:

“Throughout history, seas and oceans have supported life on our planet. We have viewed these vast bodies of water as near endless, inexhaustible, because our imaginations could not comprehend their scale. Now, we know better. The marine environment faces growing threats from pollution, littering and, most relevant today, overfishing. Almost one third of all fish stocks are being overfished, threatening the health of our seas and oceans, and their ability to support human life.

“Astonishingly, the world pumps an estimated $20 billion dollars each year into subsidies that directly contribute to overfishing. We aren’t shooting ourselves in the foot; we are paying somebody to do it – to destroy the blue world upon which many of us rely.”

“The Sustainable Development Goal on ocean health calls for a ban on such subsidies by 2020. We should not wait that long. Decisive action to end harmful subsidies and curb overfishing as soon as possible will benefit everybody, including fishermen themselves.

“The time for short-term thinking is over if we are to secure human health and prosperity for centuries to come. After all, if there are no fish left in the sea, there will be no fishing industry.”

The full UN Commission on Trade and Development and Food and Agriculture Organization statement can be read here. http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=1170

“We would like all farmed salmon companies to join the GSI and become ASC certified, making sustainability a pre-competitive issue” – WWF

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Below, un-edited, is the April 28, 2016, WWF statement commenting the publication of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI)’s second annual sustainability report, and welcoming progress in sustainability commitment of farmed salmon leaders. Among other goals, GSI members (the CEOs of 12 of the world’s largest firms) are committed to a common objective of achieving 100% Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification by 2020.

The GSI Sustainability report tracks the progress of its 12 member companies from over the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015). The report shows that over 70 GSI salmon farms have been certified and that another 35 more farms are currently under assessment.

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These are encouraging results and we trust that the 35 farms under assessment will become certified later this year,“ said Piers Hart, Global Lead for Aquaculture at WWF. “[…] We would like all farmed salmon companies to join the GSI and become ASC certified, making sustainability a pre-competitive issue” […]

I can only applaud the GSI for holding its members accountable for progress, benchmarking their performance and reporting the results publicly,” commented Richard Holland, Director of WWF´s Market Transformation Initiative. “My hope is that other platforms, such as the Consumer Goods Forum, will follow this example. WWF calls on CEOs taking part in the CGF meeting 15-17 June in South Africa to strengthen the platform’s commitments to transparent reporting on critical issues, such as the sustainability of seafood sold by its members.”

NB EdSeafood Intelligence has spoken at length with some of the top salmon firms’ CEOs gathered in Brussels this week, including the GSI’s new two co-chairmen, and these ‘Sustainability Conversations’ will be featured in the forthcoming ~600-page (6th) 2016 edition of the Sustainability Reporting benchmarking report of the world’s Top 35 Salmon Farmers & Top Fish Feed companies.

This year, the scope of the Seafood Intelligence benchmarking (with a methodology entirely revisited) will be widened to ~10 of the world’s Top Salmonid Feed firms; and will include also a comprehensive review/benchmarking of the Sustainability data/Transparency level displayed by the ~15 international & national salmon producers organisations worldwide. The ‘Top 35 Salmon Firms’ benchmarking report  will be published in July.

Additionally, the second edition of the transparency/sustainability reporting benchmarking for the world’s ‘Top 100 Seafood Firms’ will be released in the fall.

Statement below, source: http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?266454/WWF-welcomes-progress-in-sustainability-commitment-of-farmed-salmon-leaders

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#IWD2016: Is the seafood sector ‘fair’ when it comes to women in top management?

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April 8 2016 article by Bertrand Charron.

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On this International Women’s Day (IWD2016), I thought it was appropriate to highlight one of the many findings of Seafood Intelligence’s ‘Top 100 seafood firms’ recent benchmarking report re. Sustainability Reporting & Transparency. .. Namely that only 3% of the Top 100 firms report have 50% of women on their Board of Management and/or in their Top Management/C-suite team. None of the Top 100 exceeded the 50%-level of such representation (so you could also say that ‘100% of seafood firms have 50% or more males on their Board/Top Management’…). Furthermore, only ONE (1) of the Top 100 seafood firm benchmarked has a woman CEO (and there is 1 Chairwoman)…

See the article posted March 8, 2016,  on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/iwd2016-seafood-sector-fair-when-comes-women-top-bertrand-charron?published=u

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Below is an excerpt from the 1,117-pages data-rich report:

Women in Top 100-2015

More information about the report’s findings here: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?p=8271

 

How ethical, transparent & environmentally-conscious are the world’s ‘Top 100’ seafood firms?

How well do the world’s Top 100 Seafood companies (yours… or inevitably one of the ones you are probably [in]directly sourcing/buying from) address the Seafood Ethics and Sustainability Challenge? Seafood is big business: a third of the world’s ‘Top 100 seafood’ companies benchmarked by Seafood Intelligence have a turnover exceeding the US$ 1 billion mark…

Article by Bertrand Charron, SeafoodIntelligence.com editor & author of the ‘Seafood Intelligence Benchmarking Report of the World’s Top 100 Seafood Firm’s Sustainability Reporting & Transparency’ published November 26, 2015.

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At last!… After a year of analysing 30,000 pages+ of annual reports, financial statements, policy documents & countless web pages, etc. the first-ever attempt to assess the state of Sustainability Reporting in the global seafood world has now been completed!

The ‘Seafood Intelligence Benchmarking Report of the World’s Top 100 Seafood Firm’s Sustainability Reporting & Transparency [in English]’ is out!

The report – massive: 1,117 pages… – comes in three volumes containing several hundreds of data-rich tables and matrices. It follows on the footsteps of the similar yearly (since 2011) benchmarking exercise which focuses on the world’s Top Salmon Farming and Fish Feed companies and which has now become an industry reference.

More here: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=16

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‘ABRUPT’ approval: FDA says AquAdvantage genetically-engineered salmon “as safe to eat as non-GE salmon”; Labelling will [only] be voluntary; Will there now be an anti-farmed salmon backlash in the USA?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday (November 19, 2015) that its scientists “rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the genetically-modified/engineered (GM/GE) / transgenic salmon manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewed data, to assess whether its AquAdvantage salmon (‘AAS’) met the criteria for approval established by law; namely, safety and effectiveness.

This decision – awaited by the biotech firm for the past two decades… – effectively makes the GM/GE salmon the first animal (in the world) destined for human consumption to be approved. Opponents fear the FDA has thus created a precedent likely to  ‘open the Pandora box’ of other GM animals (many are waiting to be filed for approval) destined for human consumption…

It is feared by most in the global farmed salmon industry that the issue, debate and forthcoming news coverage will be used in some quarters (notably by those strenuously opposing farmed salmon and some‘wild-catch only salmon’ marketeers) to amalgamate ‘GM farmed salmon’ with ‘farmed salmon’ and exacerbate the ‘anti-‘ farmed salmon feelings and the oft misleading arguments which accompany them.

[Note: The International Salmon Farmers Association (ISFA) ratified in 2002 at its 17th General Meeting that: “In accordance with sound environmental practice, the ISFA firmly rejects transgenic salmon production.”] Some salmon farmers (eg. Cooke Aquaculture, the #1 salmon farmer on the East Coast of North America) have already issued statement to re-state that their farmed salmon is non-GM. More of this communication will become a necessity in days to come to avoid confusion.

The FDA decision came coincidentally [?] as the Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society is this week – since Tuesday November 17 – in the Federal Court in Ottawa, Canada, to argue that the approval of this GM salmon should be overturned.

PS, November 20 @ 9.31] London Stock Exchange: On opening on the day following approval, the AquaBounty shares leapt 84% in the first minutes of trading…

AquaBounty shares leap (Nov 20. 2015) as FDA approval granted

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“SALMON Farming must be sustainable” & responds well to the UN’s SDGs: Cermaq CEO at #GOAL2015

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Salmon farming responds well to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, said Cermaq’s CEO Jon Hindar in his keynote speech at the GAA #GOAL2015 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday October 27, 2015.

However, he noted that the industry should not be complacent as it faces serious challenges. He highlighted to need for proactive engagement with stakeholders and noted the endeavours of half of the world’s (by output) industry within the 2013-launched CEO-headed Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).

Salmon Farming must be sustainable - Jon Hindar - SDG - GOAL - Oct 27 2015

Cermaq engages stakeholders - slide GOAL2015

His full presentation can be found here:

http://www.cermaq.com/wps/wcm/connect/cermaqno/home/presse#/pressreleases/salmon-farming-responds-to-un-sustainable-development-goals-1241871

Cermaq is one of the world’s leading companies in farming of salmon and trout, with operations in Norway, Chile and Canada. Cermaq is a fully owned (since November 2014) subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation with head office in Oslo, Norway.

The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) website and its Sustainability Report can be found here: http://www.globalsalmoninitiative.org/

GSI homepage on Oct 27 2015

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