Our management approach is two-pronged, focusing on mitigation and adaptation. Firstly, we are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with scientific targets. This involves setting and implementing ambitious goals, innovating our operations and supply chains, and reporting publicly on our emissions.
Secondly, we’re developing resilience to manage climate-related risks in our operations. This includes collecting and assessing operational data, advancing our understanding of blue carbon ecosystem conservation and restoration, and leveraging financial instruments to support transformation.
Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainable use use of the oceans, seas and marine resources
All SeaBOS member companies have set science-based targets to reduce their emissions. So far, five have had their targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). All our member companies are reporting on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and some have gone further by reporting on Scope 3 emissions.
Thai Union is harnessing innovation with projects focused on sustainability and climate action in aquaculture. For instance, they have integrated solar power and HydroNeo’s smart farm system into their operations.
Skretting is committed to SBTi targets across all scopes as well as utilising new ingredients in feed.
Nissui is promoting energy-saving measures and renewable energy use while exploring alternative protein products.
Maruha Nichiro is installing solar panels at their Utsunomiya Plant and converting to non-CFC refrigeration equipment.
Dongwon aims to reduce Scope 3 emissions with the establishment of land-based salmon farming.
Cermaq has initiated electrification at seawater sites and boats in Norway and is exploring similar opportunities in
Canada and Chile.
Cargill is dedicated to reducing both its Scope 1 & 2 emissions and relative Scope 3 emissions. Through the SeaFurther™ Sustainability program, they are focusing on decarbonization along their value chains, developing regenerative agriculture with suppliers, and using digital tools to improve feed efficiency.
Climate change represents an existential challenge to humanity, with once-distant projections increasingly becoming a reality. In mid-2023, for instance, nearly half the ocean’s surface area was experiencing marine heatwave conditions, and sea surface temperature spiked to unprecedented levels around the world (see Figure), exacerbating climate change impacts on ﬁsheries and aquaculture production. The IPCC has estimated that more than 99% of the world’s coral reefs would not recover from 1.5 degrees of warming above pre-industrial levels, an alarming prospect given 25% of ocean biodiversity depends on coral reefs during some stage of their life cycle and current emissions reduction policies are expected to result in 3.2 degrees of warming by 2100. Immediate and dramatic reductions are thus urgently needed (see Figure).
Although the greenhouse gas emissions of SeaBOS members do not represent much at the global level, combined action and substantial emission reductions represent a strong signal to the sector and beyond. All corporations in 2023 should have a public climate target, preferably a science-based target, and consistently report on their Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions. Leading eﬀorts to standardize reporting methodologies in
the seafood sector will contribute to broader action, while investment in the development of green technologies remains crucial. Collaboration with scientists to understand how climate risk translates into ﬁnancial risk can help mainstream climate risk reduction into ﬁsheries and aquaculture management.
All SeaBOS companies have established a climate target, of which ﬁve are in accordance with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). Acknowledging the challenge in reducing especially scope 3 emissions, SeaBOS is focusing on aligning eﬀorts across the industry and developing GHG accounting standards that enables adequate measurement of emissions and joint eﬀorts through the supply chain to invest in reduction measures.
Together with the UN Global Compact and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), SeaBOS has developed a guide for how to set science-based climate targets in the seafood sector, to guide other seafood companies and encourage climate action. The guide is available here.
Contributing to the elimination of IUU fishing and forced labour in seafood production, and mitigating the impacts on endangered species.
Healthy ocean ecosystems and rich biodiversity are vital components of ocean stewardship. This Task Force focuses on developing practices that minimize impacts of seafood production on endangered species, and to develop solutions that enhance marine ecosystems.
To work with governments towards sustainable seafood production, as well as mechanisms to reduce antibiotics in aquaculture.
To identify global solutions to the impacts of climate change on sustainable seafood production, as well as the ability of seafood production for humanity, along with a healthy ocean, to play a role in the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change impacts.