RTRS and the salmon industry discuss sustainability in marine feeding
The Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) and Salmofood, a producer of balanced feed for Chile’s aquaculture industry, have held a workshop that brought together 50 leaders interested in incorporating RTRS principles and criteria into their value chains to promote sustainable soy and comply with the requirements of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
From an environmental perspective, the ASC has recognized the RTRS certification standard for soy as the most comprehensive standard available, especially with regard to the environment. This is why feed producers for the aquaculture industry should adopt RTRS-certified soy as part of their commitments to reduce the environmental and social impacts of aquaculture activities.
In the salmon industry, food processors use soybean meal and lecithin from Argentina and soy protein concentrate purchased from Brazil. In other words, soy is a crucial ingredient in salmon feed, which is why stakeholders in that chain are working hard to make chain management sustainable.
“We are pleased to see the ASC join a number of other organizations that recognize and promote the value of the RTRS Standard. More than 70,000 RTRS Credits were sold in 2017 to companies in the salmon industry, which demonstrates the strong commitment of the industry to sustainable chains; I am convinced that this process will increase in scale soon”, states RTRS Executive Director Marcelo Visconti.
For Ernesto Passalacqua, commercial manager of Salmofood, it is very important to implement and certify soy in a sustainable manner. “We are driven by these types of initiatives, as they allow us to raise awareness about sustainability in the production process. Soy is also a crucial ingredient in the salmon diet; that is why we must ensure that all management is sustainable”, he said.
The visit of the RTRS delegation to Chile included meetings with representatives of the World Wildlife Fund – WWF and the Skretting, which is a Nutreco company and a leading provider of nutritional solutions for the aquaculture industry. The topics included, among others, corporate sustainability policies and certification requirements for best practices in aquaculture.