The CEOs from SeaBOS are sharing their visions and ambitions for the future of the seafood industry, and the role that SeaBOS plays. For the current Chair of SeaBOS, Therese Log Bergjord, impact from the initiative’s work will soon be visible
Big ships take time to turn. Getting ten of the largest companies in the seafood industry to change their direction is equally tortoiselike. It is a complex process that requires substantial changes to internal processes and supply chains alike.
Skretting is no exception. A global leader in providing nutritional solutions and services for the aquaculture industry, the company has production facilities in 19 countries on five continents, and manufactures and delivers high quality feeds from hatching to harvest for more than 60 species. The total annual production volume of feed is more than 2 million tonnes.
But once the direction has been set, there is no going back.
“For me, SeaBOS is a critical step in our sustainable seafood future,” says Therese Log Bergjord, CEO of Skretting, which is the aquaculture business line of Nutreco, a world leader in animal nutrition.
“There is no question. As leaders of industry, we have a responsibility to make a positive impact. We cannot do it alone, and we don’t. As industry, we must seek inputs based on science, and then – and this is the critical step – we must act.”
Log Bergjord is also the current Chair of SeaBOS, a role she has held since 2020. When the opportunity arose, there was never any doubt in joining SeaBOS, she says.
“SeaBOS represents a paradigm shift for seafood. We have changed the way that we even considered working together towards common goals in the past. This has been essential because the challenges that we can address as a whole are real, they are tangible, and they are meaningful.”
From ensuring that there are no illegal, unreported or unregulated products or raw materials associated to forced labour in SeaBOS members’ supply chains, to minimising the impacts of sustainable seafood production on the climate and endangered species, the Task Forces of SeaBOS are driving change, and involve members from both companies and scientific institutions.
“We are turning”
For Log Bergjord, the results of five years of collaboration and scientific guidance will soon be seen.
“The impact is coming, and it has been years in the making. There is no doubt that we, as the companies of SeaBOS, are big ships to turn. But we are indeed turning,” continues Log Bergjord.
“When 10 of the largest companies come together with science to step up on ocean stewardship, things will happen. Within SeaBOS we have global reach, and decisions based on science. Transparency and trust are paramount to the success of SeaBOS, and that is truly unique.”