Category Archives: 2015 Restrospectives

“€566 billion and growing: the EU blue economy is thriving” – DG Mare publishes 2018 report

Continue reading “€566 billion and growing: the EU blue economy is thriving” – DG Mare publishes 2018 report

SALMON farming critic Alexandra Morton releases 6-minute film ‘Racing a Virus’ alleging Canadian government “cover-up of a salmon virus from Norway”…

Continue reading SALMON farming critic Alexandra Morton releases 6-minute film ‘Racing a Virus’ alleging Canadian government “cover-up of a salmon virus from Norway”…

‘LISTENING to the Harbour’: Macquarie Harbour environmental monitoring and aquaculture-linked challenges described by IMAS scientist

Continue reading ‘LISTENING to the Harbour’: Macquarie Harbour environmental monitoring and aquaculture-linked challenges described by IMAS scientist

WILD fisheries landings decline (40% below their late 1980s peak) while aquaculture surges – New OECD report

Continue reading WILD fisheries landings decline (40% below their late 1980s peak) while aquaculture surges – New OECD report

NFI releases Top 10 U.S. Seafood List “Illustrates Important Nutritional Trend” despite fall on 2015 figures

Continue reading NFI releases Top 10 U.S. Seafood List “Illustrates Important Nutritional Trend” despite fall on 2015 figures

UPDATED F.I.F.O. calculation by IFFO shows more salmonids produced than fish consumed in 2015: “For the first time FIFO figures for salmonids are below 1…”

Continue reading UPDATED F.I.F.O. calculation by IFFO shows more salmonids produced than fish consumed in 2015: “For the first time FIFO figures for salmonids are below 1…”

INTERNATIONAL Feed Industry Federation releases its 2016/2017 Annual Report

Continue reading INTERNATIONAL Feed Industry Federation releases its 2016/2017 Annual Report

SEAFOOD safety: Of US imported seafood tested in 2015, 12% of farmed shrimp tested positive to unsafe residues, 11% of tilapia, 9% of catfish… 0% of salmon – GAO

Continue reading SEAFOOD safety: Of US imported seafood tested in 2015, 12% of farmed shrimp tested positive to unsafe residues, 11% of tilapia, 9% of catfish… 0% of salmon – GAO

NEW scientific report shows positive economic trends for EU fishing fleet; 16% increase in 2013-2015 gross value added

Continue reading NEW scientific report shows positive economic trends for EU fishing fleet; 16% increase in 2013-2015 gross value added

SUSTAINABILITY reporting: “… increasing transparency of reporting by the world’s largest companies” highlighted by World Seafood Congress

Below is an excerpt from the World Seafood Congress 2017 wrap-up meeting on September 14  in Reykjavík Iceland 2017 – Based on inputs from Matís experts and chairs of sessions at the World Seafood Congress. The comments pertaining to “increasing transparency” by the world’s largest seafood companies follow the September 11, 2017 WSC  presentation by Seafood Intelligence editor Bertrand Charron, titled “Transparency & Sustainability Reporting in the Global Seafood Industry”:

Full highlighted Outcomes from the WSC 2017 here: https://wsc2017.com/2017/09/18/highlighted-outcomes-from-the-world-seafood-congress-in-reykjavik-iceland-2017/

Continue reading SUSTAINABILITY reporting: “… increasing transparency of reporting by the world’s largest companies” highlighted by World Seafood Congress

Seafood Intelligence releases Transparency ratings of salmon & feed firms operating in Chile & disclosures re. Women in executive teams

Read the article published by Aqua.cl / Editec on September 6, 2017: “Seafood Intelligence details the most transparent companies in the salmon industry

[+TABLAS] Seafood Intelligence detalla las empresas más transparentes de la industria del salmón

This and much – much – more in the full 840-page 2017 ‘Salmon’ Benchmark: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=16

Of Sustainability & Salmon Farming’s Social Licence to Operate: Sustainability Reporting & Sustainability Traceability Matters!

What gets measured gets done”… in salmon farming too!

But first: Lets ‘measure and report’!

Ever wondered how much information is proactively disclosed (online & in English) by the salmon farming industry (fish farmers and feed producers) about its practices, its social-environmental & economic impacts (positive and negative), its sustainability vision & strategy? How much of that information is up-to-date (thus +/- valid); and what is simple boast or greenwashing [i.e. ‘bluewashing’ in the aqua-context] vs. hard facts?

Fish feed constitutes upwards of 50% of the cost… and 70-80% of the carbon footprint of farmed salmon. Have you ever wondered what farmed salmon is fed: what terrestrial ingredients (GM or non-GM) are used in the feed, how much of the marine-sourced ingredients (fish meal/oil) comes from which fish stock and from where? And how those stocks are +/- sustainably managed (can IUU fish be ruled out)? What impacts also do those fisheries have in terms of bycatch, endangering other marine species (incl. marine mammals), etc… This is only but one example to illustrate how ‘sustainability traceability’ impacts and matters to what ends up on our plate…. How it can impact consumers’ decision to purchase farmed salmon products in the first place… and possibly the supermarket / retailer’s reputation in case of ‘crisis’ or ‘scandal’.

Salmon farming* holds great prospects, but the industry needs to be [+/- ‘held’] accountable in ways which can be documented, both for its own internal sake: to improve performance (‘biological’, economic and – not least – ‘reputational’), and for gaining and keeping its social licence to operate. Aquaculture and the ‘Blue Revolution’ holds tremendous potential, not least the potential to feed an ever-growing population. But can it develop in the face of bad publicity, lack of communication and transparency? The industry’s sustainability,  growth and its social licence to operate are intrinsically and holistically linked. Acceptance is not only needed at the local political and community level, but also in the  – more global – market spheres. Sustainability reporting and accountability contribute to acceptance…

How much progress has occurred in the past year in the salmon farming world? This is a VERY fast-moving industry in terms of size, technology, best practices, eco/responsible certification and how it effectively tackles its sustainability challenges… Who produces what, and how much destined to whom? [Size matters also when it comes to impacts!] These are all worthwhile questions to which we aim to provide answers…

Seafood Intelligence (SeafoodIntell.com) has analysed in great details what & how the world’s Top 36 salmon farmers and Top 11 salmonid feed producers have disclosed regarding their operations in 2016/FY2016 and previous years: quantifiably benchmarking (re. relevance, quality/quantity, timeliness and ‘vision’) disclosures against a set of ~130 key indicators. This is our 7th yearly benchmark, also enabling us to monitor progresses. This latest Salmon Industry Transparency Benchmark can also help other stakeholders (eNGOs, retail chains, scientists and institutions) form an unbiased opinion of what is actually ‘going on’ in the sector: Hundreds of quotes (inspirational or otherwise… including ‘claims’ [+/- substantiated]), figures, references, indexed disclosures per companies etc… The result of a full year’s work based on a demanding methodology!

Mapping risks &#SeafoodEthics: What are salmon/feed firms’ ethical strategies? Do they conduct materiality assessments and map risks in their supply chain? And how do they define ‘supply chain’ and stakeholders? Some argue they have no ‘human rights’ issues “in their country”; but can have some equipment and boats built in Asia. Some of their feed can be made using fish harvested in questionable fashion, or with plant ingredients contributing to the deforestation of the Amazon…? Do companies audit suppliers, based on what ‘Code of responsible sourcing’ or ‘Code of ethics/conduct’? Do they even have such corporate governance? Do they have whistleblower policies? How to they engage with stakeholders and communities, beyond supporting local schools? Do they assess and report (incl. negative) impacts they have on communities? Do they respect and engage with indigenous people on whose ‘territories’ they operate? Etc.

All this, and much MUCH more (~1,000 pages of comparative analysis), in the Seafood Intelligence 2017 Salmon Industry Transparency Benchmark… The only reference assessing communication, green/blue-washing claims against actual disclosures. Well over 100 key performance indicators have been monitored yearly for the past 6/7 years: this enables one to assess where there is progress, and where there is dearth…

By casting the light on those ‘reputational’ topics in an objective/quantifiable fashion and by assessing yearly how transparent the world’s main corporate players are… we have substantiated hope that encouraging companies to assess their exposure/transparency level on a variety of sustainability-related topics does & will lead them to ‘measure and improve’. Seafood Intelligence has encouraged several national and global leaders to improve on their performances – and for some helped them to launch into ‘sustainability reporting’ altogether in a rational, GRI-indexed, way.

The 2017 ‘Salmon’ Benchmark is published on July 31, 2017: Contact “editor – at – SeafoodIntelligence – dot -com” for orders].

Check out  http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=16 & See Testimonials re. previous reports here: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=18

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PS*: I’ll talk about the ‘wild catch’ salmon side later this year… the ‘wild’ salmon industry lacks considerably in transparency term; as we already found out in our latest ‘Top 100 Benchmark’ looking at the 100 largest seafood companies in the world.

One ‘key’ – very small indeed [but this could arguably sway some European/U.S. consumers’ decision if...] – example of the dearth of knowledge/data available to end-consumers is that much [up to ~50% depending on salmon species and years] of the salmon ‘wild’ labelled on supermarket shelves comes from ‘enhanced’ [or ‘augmented’] hatchery-fisheries relying (in the fish’s early stages to smolt) on salmon feed containing notably GM/GMO ingredients. Those fisheries rely and thus support GMOs agriculture/industries [not that this is necessarily an issue: that’s a very different topic altogether, and complete departure from the ‘transparency’ component/label discussed here]. Even some salmon processors & importers I have talked to over the years ignore everything about the ‘hatchery component’ (what about retailers?)… But there are also dozens of aspects on which the ‘wild’ salmon industry doesn’t communicate, whereas these are commonly reported by many on the salmon farming ‘side’.

INCREASING frequency of extreme warming events: strongest heatwave ever recorded off the coast of Tasmania ‘affected salmon fisheries’ productivity’

Continue reading INCREASING frequency of extreme warming events: strongest heatwave ever recorded off the coast of Tasmania ‘affected salmon fisheries’ productivity’

UK fishing sector registers in 2016 its best economic performance since 2008; Operating profit up 22%, fleet income up19%

Continue reading UK fishing sector registers in 2016 its best economic performance since 2008; Operating profit up 22%, fleet income up19%

“SHOCKING level of mortalities” across Scottish salmon industry “casts severe doubt on whether RSPCA Assured is much more than a fig leaf” – S&TCS

Continue reading “SHOCKING level of mortalities” across Scottish salmon industry “casts severe doubt on whether RSPCA Assured is much more than a fig leaf” – S&TCS

ICELANDIC authorities reveal “inconsistency with previously published results”: Profitability in fishing and fish processing 2015 — Revised report

Continue reading ICELANDIC authorities reveal “inconsistency with previously published results”: Profitability in fishing and fish processing 2015 — Revised report

~10% of the world’s total catch in the last decade was discarded due to poor fishing practices and inadequate management – UBC’s Sea Around Us

Continue reading ~10% of the world’s total catch in the last decade was discarded due to poor fishing practices and inadequate management – UBC’s Sea Around Us

CLEANERFISH criticisms: 50,000+ wild wrasse captured in Devon in 2015 for Scottish salmon industry & millions in Norway… DWT calls for immediate live capture ban

Continue reading CLEANERFISH criticisms: 50,000+ wild wrasse captured in Devon in 2015 for Scottish salmon industry & millions in Norway… DWT calls for immediate live capture ban

GLOBAL aquaculture in the limelight in China; Incl. “Exploring the sustainable development of the flatfish industry in China”; New ASC standards

Continue reading GLOBAL aquaculture in the limelight in China; Incl. “Exploring the sustainable development of the flatfish industry in China”; New ASC standards

“STRENGTHENING the sustainability of the Scottish aquaculture industry”; Report highlights 2030 medium production forecast of “350,000 tonnes of salmon”

Continue reading “STRENGTHENING the sustainability of the Scottish aquaculture industry”; Report highlights 2030 medium production forecast of “350,000 tonnes of salmon”