MAPPING global aquaculture’s potential: “11,400,000 km2 are potentially suitable for fish & >1,500,000 km2 could be developed for bivalves”

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“MSC is disappointed to see these misleading and false claims and strongly rejects the accusation of duping consumers” re. #OnTheHook

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“MSC are betraying the trust of consumers and duping them into purchasing what they believe is truly sustainable tuna”; New Campaign criticises MSC “monopoly”

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Transparency in the global salmon farming industry: ‘Top 10’ & ‘Bottom 10’ ratings & Norwegian rankings released

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.

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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).

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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

AMAZON acquires Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion; will offer lower prices on selection of best-selling staples, including organic responsibly-farmed salmon

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INVASIVE mussels & oligotrophication have made Lake Michigan more conducive to the stocking lake trout & steelhead

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COOKE escape: “Atlantic salmon could potentially compete with native salmon” – Alaska Department of Fish and Game urges fishers to report catches

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UNABATED media coverage re. Cooke Aquaculture’s Washington State farmed Atlantic salmon escape incident

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TRANSPARENT firms have “a better overview of risk and opportunities, stronger basis for dialogue … better ability to actually make progress” – Cermaq

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STUDY reveals evolutionary history of imperiled salmon stocks; “supplemental framework for protecting specific adaptive variation will sometimes be necessary…”

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DEAFNESS in farmed salmon linked to accelerated growth: “results raise serious questions about the welfare of farmed fish” – Researchers

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WASHINGTON Governor puts a hold on new permits for net pens salmon farming “until a thorough investigation of [the Cooke Aqua] incident is completed”

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ESCAPE incident in Washington State a ‘threat to Northwest’s cultural identity’: “deeply disheartened by Cooke Aquaculture’s glaring negligence”, eNGO will sue

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

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SUSTAINABLE Fisheries Partnership (SFP) marks the end of its role in implementing FIPs – “industry must lead from now on”

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BEST second quarter ever for Marine Harvest: strong operational performance and reduced cost in MH Scotland and MH Ireland

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BREXIT & workforce shortage, skills gap: UK Businesses in ‘farm to fork’ supply chain reveal concerns in landmark Brexit survey

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