Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue resumes


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
November 15, 2009

The Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue will meet in Bergen, Norway, on Tuesday and Wednesday to present draft environmental indicators for the salmon farming industry.

More than 90 industry, environmental and scientific representatives from around the world are expected to attend and provide feedback on the indicators.

The goal of the dialogue is to create performance-based standards that minimize or eliminate the key environmental and social impacts of salmon farming, while allowing the industry to remain economically viable.

The dialogue’s multi-stakeholder steering committee is also meeting on Monday and Thursday to prepare and develop a work plan.

“Almost two-thirds of the world’s salmon comes from fish farms, mainly in Chile and Norway,” said Jose Villalon, steering committee member and World Wildlife Fund director. “Clearly, this industry is a significant player economically and environmentally in many regions. Through the dialogue, NGOs and the industry are working together to understand the key impacts related to salmon farming and to bring about positive change.”

This will be the 14th public meeting of the dialogue since it was created in 2004. About 600 people have participated in the process. Over the last two years, meetings have focused on research reports commissioned by the dialogue’s steering committee and how to use this research to develop measurable and environmentally meaningful standards.

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