Contessa Kellogg-Winters of the ASC talks to Sophie Ryan, CEO of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI). The GSI is a collection of salmon farming companies from around the world who have come together in order to improve the sustainability of salmon farming.

Despite the competitive nature of the companies, by sharing data and best practise, they strive to improve the industry and promote salmon as a sustainable food source to feed a growing global population. GSI has a commitment that all members become ASC certified by 2020 as a means to achieving the common vision to improve environmental performance and industry reputation.

You’ll learn what the GSI does and when it was started, the challenges facing salmon farmers and what the industry is doing to strive toward a sustainable future.

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Show Notes:

  • What is the Global Salmon Initiative
  • When was the Global Salmon Initiative founded
  • Why farmed salmon has a bad reputation
  • The challenges with creating the global salmon initiative
  • Where the nutrients that fish eat come from
  • How GSI is dealing with the issue of sea lice
  • What portion of the salmon industry is involved in GSI
  • What challenges GSI is addressing
  • Why all GSI members must be ASC certified
  • How consumer trends impact GSI’s work
  • Wild salmon versus farmed salmon

“Food is an extension of who we are and what our values are.” – Sophie Ryan

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Published on
Friday, 17 September 2021