“We pride ourselves as world leaders in environmentally sustainable aquaculture so it is gratifying to see our claims proved by thorough, credible and independent scientific analysis ”
New Zealand’s finfish farming industry is the world’s greenest according to the highly respected Global Aquaculture Performance Index.
The Index, a tool created by the Seafood Ecology Research Group at the University of Victoria, Canada, ranks 22 Countries and 21 fish species according to their environmental performance.
The 2010 Index released last week is the culmination of over three years planning and research where “sustainability must be demonstrated, not assumed.”
New Zealand was the top performer of all 22 countries assessed according to the 10 indicators accepted as having the largest ecological impact.
New Zealand’s finfish industry, which generates more than $120M revenue annually through Chinook Salmon, registered zero impact in five categories.
Chinook Salmon was also the best performer among the 21 fish species assessed.
Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Mike Burrell said he was pleased to see the environmental standards adhered to by the industry were reflected in the results.
“We pride ourselves as world leaders in environmentally sustainable aquaculture so it is gratifying to see our claims proved by thorough, credible and independent scientific analysis,” Mr Burrell said.
“We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and it is important the New Zealand public know our aquaculture planning, laws and regulations are the strictest in the world.
“We should not be judged by what’s happening in other parts of the world.
“We are a clean, green industry the nation can be proud of.”
Although New Zealand has long been recognised for the green credentials of Greenshell mussels and oysters, the GAPI is focused solely on finfish farming.
The Index’s official website states: “GAPI’s main objective is to condense current scientific understanding and aquaculture data into a sound, yet simple score of the environmental performance of marine finfish aquaculture.”
“In addition to providing a single measure of performance, GAPI empowers the seafood sector with a tool to compare environmental impacts quantitatively across marine finfish aquaculture, identify better performers, and highlight potential solutions.”