Cargill charts new course in seafood sustainability

New programme builds on company’s climate change commitment, focusing on responsibly-sourced feed, fish health and welfare to strive for a more sustainable future for the world’s ocean.

Cargill has set a new course to protect oceans, a vital ecosystem where the company helps to grow and move food around the world. Cargill’s latest initiative, SeaFurther Sustainability, will help aqua farmers raise more sustainable seafood with less environmental impact.

The initiative is part of the company’s overall carbon commitment, with a science-based scope 3 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% per tonne of food by 2030. SeaFurther is expected to help save two billion kilograms of CO2 by 2030, which is the equivalent of removing more than 400,000 cars from the road.

Pilar Cruz, president and group leader for Cargill Aqua Nutrition, explained: “With SeaFurther Sustainability, we are charting a new bold course, one that makes aquaculture better for our planet. Seafood consumption is rising globally. We want to meet that demand; increasing production while decreasing environmental impact. By working closely with farmers to source sustainable ingredients, improve farm productivity and ensure fish welfare, Cargill is redefining aquaculture’s role in helping the world thrive.”

The SeaFurther programme will start with salmon farmers, who are focused on the role they play in ocean stewardship and addressing the sustainability of food systems, especially with relation to climate change.

Stian Amble, biology and quality advisor at Nova Sea, continued: “Delivering more sustainable aquaculture will require the value chain to align on key goals and work together to deliver on them. By agreeing on the value of the changes that are required, we can deliver true transformation to become more sustainable more quickly and at greater scale.”

While Cargill is starting with salmon, SeaFurther will expand, with an intent to add other species, like shrimp in the near future.