Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world and now supplies the majority of seafood consumed globally. By 2030, aquaculture is expected to supply 62 percent of global food fish production, as production from wild-capture fisheries plateaus. Poorly managed aquaculture presents a number of environmental and social risks, including habitat conversion and disturbance, water pollution and disease outbreaks, and community disruption and poor working conditions, in addition to the environmental and social concerns that surround many fisheries supplying fishmeal for aquaculture feed. The industry—especially in light of expected ambitious expansions in production—must be managed sustainably, which requires zonal management, as outlined in our Framework for Sustainably Managed Aquaculture.  

The Aquaculture Supply Chain Roundtable (SR) was created to expand industry engagement on sustainable aquaculture and make it easier for supply chain companies to work together to support relevant improvements in aquaculture governance, management, and performance. The SR is expected to complement the Asian Farmed Shrimp SR, Asian Reduction Fisheries SR, European Sustainable Fishmeal SR, and Latin American Reduction Fisheries SR.  

Current participants:

  • Agrosuper
  • Blue Indigo
  • Fishin’ Company
  • Grobest
  • High Liner Foods
  • Joseph Robertson (Aberdeen) Ltd
  • Lyons Seafoods
  • Nestlé
  • Ocean Garden
  • Orca Bay Foods/Artisan Catch 

Objectives of the SR:

Using SFP’s FishSource Aquaculture assessments and the FAO Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture as guides, the SR will create a forum for companies looking to support broad improvement in aquaculture. More specifically, the Aquaculture SR will work with participants to: 

  • Identify improvement opportunities for zonal management at the national, state, and provincial scales
  • Improve industry understanding around Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) and encourage formation of formal AIPs
  • Identify and provide easy opportunities for companies to support improvements in policy
  • Provide additional support to FIPs in key fisheries supplying marine ingredients used in aquaculture feed. 

Current improvement efforts:

  • Ensuring strong producer participation in the ongoing Shrimp Health Resources Improvement Project (SHRImP) in Thailand, and expanding the scope of the project to be a formal AIP.
  • Defining and launching at least one AIP in East Java under the Shrimp Industry Investment and Improvement Program in Indonesia.
  • Scoping and launching an AIP for farmed salmon (location TBD).