Forever Oceans releases environmental footprint assessment results
Forever Oceans has announced the results of an environmental assessment of its operations conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) indicate it is more sustainable than "other forms of marine finfish aquaculture."
Forever Oceans currently raises kampachi off Panama’s west coast and sells it in the United States.
“We’re proud to have worked closely with The Nature Conservancy in carrying out this environmental assessment of our operations,” Forever Oceans CEO Bill Bien said. “The findings confirm that our approach to raising fish can have significantly less of an impact than traditional forms of aquaculture. Our near-term aim is to be scope 1 and 2 carbon neutral by 2027. This is a bold goal, but we feel confident in taking on the challenges to achieve it.”
The objective of the assessment was to establish a baseline for the company’s sustainability and environmental performance going forward.
Forever Oceans' carbon footprint per pound of fish raised is estimated to one-fourteenth that of beef, with its farm-gate Kampachi footprint estimated less than five kilograms of carbon per kilogram of fish produced.
“Our work with Forever Oceans demonstrates the environmental advantages of offshore aquaculture systems. With the right intent and practices, these systems can contribute to building a low carbon food system and operate in harmony with ocean ecosystems,” The Nature Conservancy Aquaculture Program Global Lead Robert Jones said. “We commend Forever Oceans for taking a proactive approach and moving forward with a scientifically rigorous process to develop its sustainability goals and encourage other operators to do the same.”
Forever Oceans said it is the first company to execute commercial deep-water offshore aquaculture, utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as patented single-point moorings, satellite-controlled robotics, Al-driven sensors, and cameras operating in water more than 100 meters deep.
“Forever Oceans is on track to provide one of the lowest-carbon fish products on the planet,” Aquaculture and Fishing Panama Director Flor Torrijos said. “They’ve prioritized environmental stewardship and operating responsibly in our country. This study by Forever Oceans and The Nature Conservancy is another step in developing Panamanian aquaculture as a global leader in sustainability.”
Photo courtesy of Forever Oceans