ASC’s CEO Chris Ninnes highlights Aquaculture Roadmap at Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Summit 2023
October 23, 2023
In his keynote address at the TSSS2023 (hosted by Seafood Legacy), Chris introduced the “Global Sustainable Aquaculture Roadmap,” a groundbreaking initiative that offers a clear path forward for the aquaculture industry. The roadmap was developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Blue Food Partnership and members of the Sustainable Aquaculture Working Group.
The roadmap consists of four key pathways, each contributing to the overarching goal of sustainable aquaculture:
- Responsible Production:
This pathway underscores the importance of improving aquaculture production to make it more sustainable. It encompasses a commitment to environmentally friendly practices, waste reduction, and minimizing the industry’s impact on ecosystems. Chris highlighted that responsible production is not only essential for environmental conservation but is crucial for the long-term economic viability of the industry.
- Better Livelihoods:
The second pathway focuses on enhancing the livelihoods and working environments for individuals and communities involved in the aquaculture sector. Chris stressed that sustainable practices should result in fair wages, improved working conditions, and increased opportunities for local communities.
- Healthy Consumption:
Ensuring healthy consumption involves providing consumers with access to responsible and healthy options in the realm of “farmed blue foods.” Chris explained that labeling and certification play an instrumental role in guiding consumers towards sustainable choices.
- Enabling Environment:
The fourth pathway is about equipping the aquaculture sector to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Chris said it called for the development of a supportive environment through government policies, financial incentives, and infrastructure improvements that facilitate sustainability initiatives.
Chris’ final comments invited attendees to help lead the way in sustainable food production. The summit had set a precedent for a more environmentally conscious and ethically driven aquaculture industry and would ensure that seafood remains on our plates for generations to come.