Commitments to action

Global Salmon Initiative Commits to Using Pre-Competitive Collaboration Model to Identify Resource-Efficient and Responsible Practices for Blue Foods Sector

Global Salmon Initiative

GSI is a leadership effort established by global farmed salmon CEOs committed to helping feed the world in a healthier, more sustainable way through advancements in responsible salmon farming. We recognize the private sector’s leadership role in sustainable aquaculture and food production and seek to continually improve it by using a pre-competitive approach. Our model unites 21 salmon farming and supply chain partners around the world, representing 40% of the farmed salmon industry by volume. All members are committed to environmental and social improvement by identifying challenges, sharing knowledge and best practices, and accelerating the adoption of farming approaches that result in more responsibly raised farmed salmon.

In support of the UN Food Systems Summit and as a Champions Network member, GSI is committed to applying our pre-competitive model to drive change at speed and scale across Summit Action Areas. GSI will achieve this by:

  1. Working across our membership, supply chain, and food systems partners to identify and innovate on the greatest environmental challenges facing the aquaculture industry – We commit to scaling up resource-efficient feed innovations, reducing antibiotic usage, improving fish welfare, providing decent work, and supporting the communities where our members live and work.
  2. Improving industry transparency by reporting on 14 indicators through our annual Sustainability Report – We commit to maintaining our rigorous, third-party validated sustainability reporting framework. It was the first industry-wide Sustainability Report for the food sector and each year, we identify ways to make it stronger. Most recently, we added a section on farmed salmon’s nutritional contributions. Looking ahead, we are working with World Wildlife Fund to add farm-specific greenhouse gas emissions data.
  3. Striving for 100% Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification – Currently, 40% of GSI production is certified. We commit to achieving 100% ASC certification to ensure the salmon farming sector is aligned with best-in-class fish welfare standards that improve productivity and sustainability performance.
  4. Increasing awareness of aquatic foods’ important contributions to healthy, sustainable diets – We commit to using our communications platforms to educate on aquatic foods and farmed salmon’s contributions to healthy diets, as recommended by dietary guidelines, and partner with groups like the Seafood Nutrition Partnership and ASC to promote seafood and sustainable nutrition.

Through these partnerships, we commit to continually improving the contributions of salmon farming from an environmental, social, and nutritional perspective. And, we commit to sharing our best practices and learnings with other food producers.


Private sector

Action Area(s)

Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production



Key contact

Sophie Ryan, Global Salmon Initiative


Aquatic foods, Aquaculture, Transparency


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