The Chilean salmon farming & fishing company Camanchaca’s ranking in Seafood Intelligence’s latest Transparency Benchmark of the global salmon farming industry – and the inaugural launch of a Sustainability Report for the Fishing division and the recent MSC certification of its langostino lobster fisheries – has been highlighted on Tuesday (October 10, 2017) in Chile’s newspaper El Mercurio. The article is part of a special feature on ‘Fisheries and Sustainability’.
We are pleased to acknowledge Seafood Watch’s prompt response (via Twitter; September 24, 2017) in which it states it will amend its ‘Salmon’ advisory/incomplete ‘overview’ text:
This author had contended [September 18, 2017] that — from reading the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch’s [then] ‘Salmon’ recommendations overview — one could easily have been [mis]led to believe that almost all farmed salmon from e.g. Norway, Chile, Scotland is to be ‘no thanks’-avoided (Red-listed), as per its advisory.
However, this is/was NOT the case: Seafood Watch clearly states [since June 5, 2017] on its ‘Eco-certification’ tab that it “[…] recommends you purchase seafood from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified salmon farms. […] We identified the ASC standard as equivalent to at least our yellow “Good Alternative” recommendation” [do also note the ‘at least‘ mention…].
We had highlighted that Seafood Watch salmon ‘overview’ recommendation text should be amended to ‘at least’ include a mention of ASC-certified salmon [the “unless it’s…” omits to include ASC-certified salmon]… This argument is/was all the more relevant since the number of ASC-certified marine net pen Atlantic salmon farms has grown substantially and is far from being negligible; with now ~600,000 tonnes of farmed salmon ASC-certified worldwide [precisely 209 farms representing a production capacity of 584,399t as of early September 2017]: a volume representing ~29% of all farmed Atlantic salmon and nearing the entire world supply of wild-caught salmon (including Alaska’s) – in 2016 GWE harvest terms.
Read also the article published (September 21, 2017) by SalmonBusiness.com, which highlighted this author’s views: “Seafood Watch program recommendations ‘misleading’, says editor”: http://salmonbusiness.com/seafood-watch-program-recommendations-misleading-says-editor/
Previously on SeafoodIntelligence.com:
- MISMATCH in Seafood Watch’s ‘Salmon’ recommendations: No mention/highlight of ASC-certified salmon being ‘at least’ equivalent to ‘good alternative’ in Overview September 21, 2017
- SEAFOOD Watch upgrades farmed Atl. salmon from BC but still RED-lists most of Chile, Scottish & Norwegian salmon & makes no mention of ASC-status… September 18, 2017
- “PROBLEMATIC”: SeaChoice rejects ranking of B.C. farmed salmon as “good alternative”; Transparency re. fish health quoted as being a major issue September 18, 2017
- YELLOW light: Seafood Watch program now recommends Atlantic salmon raised in British Columbia as a “good alternative” September 18, 2017
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/
Read the article published by Aqua.cl / Editec on September 6, 2017: “Seafood Intelligence details the most transparent companies in the salmon industry“
This and much – much – more in the full 840-page 2017 ‘Salmon’ Benchmark: http://www.seafoodintell.com/?page_id=16
Seafood Intelligence recently publicly released the ratings and rankings of the Top 10′ and ‘Bottom 10’ salmon farming companies in terms of transparency & sustainability reporting; excerpted from the 840-page 2017 benchmark.
Also released are the ratings/rankings of all 11 salmon feed companies, and the ratings/rankings of all the Norwegian companies in the Top 36 (as well as their disclosures re. % of women in Board and in Top Management / #SDG5).