Category Archives: Carbon Footprint

“ASIAN food industry is facing a sustainability crisis” – Sustainable Foods Summit: Key Outcomes & GHGe & LCA figures

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BUSINESS Action Platform for Oceans announced at Cermaq HQ; Focus on SDG14 Life Below Water

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ETHICS: MEPs will vote today on whether or not to ban “innovative” electric ‘pulse fishing’; “Reduces fuel consumption by 46%” says industry…

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SHIPPING pollution: “Despite multiple claims, the industry’s attitude to the environment remains poor” – NABU 2017 Cruise Ship Rankings: “Still Dirty”

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AQUAPONICS: World’s largest (720 acres) facility opens: 2 million lbs of fish & vegetables p.a. & first indoor RAS Atl. salmon farm in USA

Continue reading AQUAPONICS: World’s largest (720 acres) facility opens: 2 million lbs of fish & vegetables p.a. & first indoor RAS Atl. salmon farm in USA

SCOTTISH & World first: Loch Fyne Oysters becomes first mussel farm certified under ASC bivalve standard: “ethically grown & environmentally friendly mussels”

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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/

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CLOSED-contained aquaculture leads to (sea)food with less carbon footprint? Please consider full footprint & provide full data before making claims…

An August 27, 2017, video published on the BBC News website makes interesting viewing because of the claim made that Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) may “cut down the carbon footprint of eating seafood”. This is a claim too often recirculated without provision of the full data.

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Closed-contained aquaculture / RAS is indeed and absolutely a concept with great potential (not least the potential  for aquaponics & food security  in most urban & rural homes in the long-term) but the ‘lower carbon footprint’ argument will only gain validity & credibility if/when all the inputs are considered: namely, the energy & GHGe involved in the massive amount of materials & energy use required.

Lowering ‘food miles’ is great, but not so great if done at the expense of increasing concrete and PVC/plastic/aluminium usage (the cement industry is “one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide”).

Lowering ‘food miles’ is great, but not so great if done at the expense of increasing concrete and PVC/plastic/aluminium usage (the cement industry is “one of the primary producers of carbon dioxide”). Not taking into account all the energy requirements & footprints of RAS in making sustainability claims would equate to considering the sustainability of ‘conventional’ aquaculture without (for example) its feed or biodiversity footprints: something which — everybody agrees – would not make sense.

For comparison sakes, both closed-contained and open-pen aquaculture industries need to measure/assess the environmental – and social / human rights – ‘costs’ of all inputs (including those going into the making of their equipment & facilities) via Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) methodologies. This is also valid for other industries (agriculture, wind energy, etc.). Seafood Intelligence‘s last ‘Top 100 Seafood Firms’ Transparency Benchmark highlighted among many others that only 9% of the world’s top seafood companies communicate on  LCA studies/dimension when it comes to fish feed and/or transport-of-seafood-to-market (and much less than 9% provided data)…

Until all energy inputs necessary in the production of a particular good/service are considered, it can be preposterous to make some of those carbon footprint claims.

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The world’s first [closed-contained] GM salmon (consumed unwittingly by some Canadians in H1 2017) by AquaBounty which controversially claims to be “The World’s Most Sustainable Salmon” was produced in Panama (!) before being transported to Canada which already possesses ample wild-caught and farmed salmon resources. Where was the ‘smallest environmental footprint’ and which was the ‘most sustainable salmon’ then?!

Until companies become transparent and fully communicate in a timely & thir party-assured fashion on their sustainability performance, many claims to be found on the internet/in the media can be construed as greenwashing / bluewashing…

#Aquaculture #CSR, #Sustainability #CarbonFootprint #SeafoodEthics

See the BBC News video here: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40927488/it-s-seafood-but-there-s-no-sea-required

‘Salmon transparency index lauds Cermaq, Tassal for openness’ – Seafood Intelligence Transparency Benchmark findings in UnderCurrent News

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“AMERICANS are crazy about salmon produced in a way that protects the environment and is free from medicine” – DKK 500 million raised for onshore salmon farm in Miami

Continue reading “AMERICANS are crazy about salmon produced in a way that protects the environment and is free from medicine” – DKK 500 million raised for onshore salmon farm in Miami

AQUABOUNTY acquires for $14m Bell Fish Company’s assets; NASDAQ-listed firm intends to produce first “eco-friendly” GM salmon to market by Q1 2019

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“Aquaculture will play a key role in transforming our food system” – Cermaq CEO at the EAT Forum

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ANALYSING European consumers’ attitude towards aquaponic products; ‘Willing to pay more’ for aquaponic fish?

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‘SHOCKING’ electric pulse fishing: ‘EU Fisheries Council must make comprehensive impact assessment’ – Our Fish campaign

Continue reading ‘SHOCKING’ electric pulse fishing: ‘EU Fisheries Council must make comprehensive impact assessment’ – Our Fish campaign

“TIDE is changing for [U.S.] offshore aquaculture… it remains to be seen whether strict regulations and a robust, sustainable form of fish production can go hand in hand”

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“FURTHER potential in the Middle East”: Connemara firm strikes “long term deal” to supply U.A.E. supermarket chain with organically farmed salmon

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“SUSTAINABILITY is a choice”: Cermaq releases its 2016 sustainability report; 5 SDGs integrated into strategy; Tripling of number of ASC-certified sites

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CATCH 22.0: “Climate change could increase fishing fuel consumption… poleward shift of distribution ranges of marine species”

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IMPROVING [sea]food firms’ value chain sustainability: UK’s FDF & INCPEN publish “Packaging for people, planet and profit –  sustainability checklist”

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“THE truth” about UK supermarket Alaska salmon: “It’s come 22,000 miles… (via China, Suez and the Med)… and may be 18 months old!” – Daily Mail

Continue reading “THE truth” about UK supermarket Alaska salmon: “It’s come 22,000 miles… (via China, Suez and the Med)… and may be 18 months old!” – Daily Mail