New initiative to make salmon farming sustainable
A major new salmon aquaculture sustainability initiative aims to achieve continued and dramatic reductions in the environmental and social impacts of producing one of the world’s most popular farmed fish. Under the Global Salmon Initiative 15 leading salmon producers – representing 70% of global farmed salmon – announced in August in Trondheim, Norway, they will certify their farms to the Aquaculture Certification Council standard, which WWF helped establish. This aims to drastically reduce the impact of salmon farming in some of the world’s most ecologically important regions. Five years ago, global aquaculture surpassed wild caught as the primary source of seafood consumed by humans, and two years ago aquaculture by volume surpassed global beef production.