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Salmon Farms Commit To Sustainability By 2020

August 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The World Wildlife Federation announced that 15 companies that represent 70 percent of global farmed salmon production – collectively known as the Global Salmon Initiative – have committed to having all of their production certified as sustainable by 2020. About 60 percent of salmon eaten today comes from salmon farms. The $5.4 billion industry generates two million metric tons of farmed salmon every year. The commitment to sustainability will help eliminate problems that plague salmon production: poorly managed farms that spread disease and parasites; overuse of chemicals and fish waste that affects ocean ecosystems; and the use of marine organisms for feed that impacts natural resources. The WWF says the commitment “will change aquaculture – and can have global ripple effects through the entire food industry”.
Jason Clay , "Spawning a sustainable industry for farm-raised salmon", News release, World Wildlife Fund, August 15, 2013, © World Wildlife Fund
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