Trout and the Sustainability Agenda

“Sustainability” is a word that is seemingly everywhere these days, and fisheries and aquaculture are no exception. We are all familiar with media articles questioning how sustainable our fish stocks are, whilst from a fish farming perspective, we are often asked about the sustainability of our products in terms of what they are fed on, along side environmental and social impacts.

This is a complex subject area – but it is one that BTA are very actively engaged in. We are very lucky to have been funded through the Seafish Industry Fund to attend Seaweb‘s recent 10th International Seafood Summit.

SeaWeb 10th International Seafood SummitSuch events go to show the global significance that is attached to sustainability.

This very well attended event covered a wide range of fascinating topics, including; eco-labelling and certification, fisheries and ocean ecology, large scale environmental issues, aquaculture in the context of global protein production, the relationship between aquaculture and fisheries, SME Financing and the role of cooperatives, and retailers experiences of the sustainable seafood market and supply chain considerations. You can find further information about both SeaWeb and the summit presentations and talks online.

Closer to home, we strive to work with NGO organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) who organise the Good Fish Guide. We are proud that trout farmed in flow through sites are given the green light (recommended) choice whilst our open net pen product is amber lighted.

MCS Good Fish GuideBTA have an ongoing relationship with MCS to review the Good Fish Guide assessments.

At an international level, BTA, on behalf of the UK trout farming industry engage with the sustainability agenda in a variety of other ways. We are currently involved with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and through working on the WWF Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Dialogues for over four years, we now have a seat on the ASC Technical Advisory Group to continue to represent our producers’ interests in the evolution of the ASC trout standard.

There are a wide variety of certification schemes and lobby groups campaigning on the environmental issues relating to aquaculture, but at BTA we take a policy that it is important to get involved and work with all those involved for all our mutual benefit.

If YOU have any questions about how trout farming fits into the aquaculture and fisheries sustainability agenda, then please get in touch with the BTA; we’d be happy to help answer your questions and provide all the information we can.

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