NORWEGIAN salmon farmer Cermaq took part in the recent 2016 Fortune and Time Global Forum in Rome, along with other business leaders, members of the Time 100 and Fortune 500 lists of the world’s most influential people.
The forum was inspired by Pope Francis’ call for encouraging an economic system that both promotes growth and spreads its benefits more broadly.
Cermaq said it endorses initiatives where partnerships can be a driving force for meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Aquaculture, said the company, is a part of the solution, not only in areas of salmon farming, but in general.
‘I have had the unique opportunity to talk with global influencers of the benefits of aquaculture and the enormous potential for technology transfer to other species and regions,’ said Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik when he returned from Rome this week.
As the global population moves towards nine billion, agriculture faces new pressure from climate change.
The OECD estimates that by 2050 the world’s demand for water will grow by 55 per cent. How global companies can contribute to efforts to conserve and more efficiently use water supplies was one of the challenges presented by Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation
Molvik said: ‘Farmed salmon has a very small ecological footprint compared to agriculture, and we must continue to grow the volumes of this climate friendly food production in the regions where natural conditions for salmon farming are suited, recognising that salmon is a healthy food and that replacing meat with seafood is good for health as well as climate.’
Today, only seven per cent of global protein consumption comes from seafood, while the oceans cover 70 per cent of the earth’s surface.
Salmon farming may be a small part of global aquaculture but is technically the most advanced, and hence there is a large potential for the transfer of technology and competence and for the growth of aquaculture in general.
Cermaq – one of the world’s leading salmon and trout farming companies with operations in Norway, Chile and Canada – is a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation with its head office in Oslo.
Picture: Cermaq CEO Geir Molvik (left) at the Fortune and Time Global Forum in Rome