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Break-out session: Decarbonization and animal welfare (pt 2)

Shrimp on a sampling tray
Scope /
This seminar will provide an overview of the state of knowledge and best practice examples for two “next frontier” topics that seafood buyers such as retailers are increasingly asking for. Whether this is triggered by societal concerns and NGO attention or by regulations and reporting requirements, climate change and fish welfare will require action by the shrimp sector in the next 5 years.

An increasing number of global retailers, brands, feed companies, and shrimp-producing companies have formulated ambitions to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions. LCA methodologies are being used to quantify the footprint for all products, including seafood - and to identify measures. While seafood and farmed shrimp have a relatively positive carbon footprint versus e.g. red meat, the sector needs to understand the key drivers for GHG emissions for farmed shrimp to maintain this competitive edge. What metrics and data are currently available? Which data are needed that will also enable the sector to identify concrete measures and drive innovation that reduces GHG emissions and make sense for the
business as well.

Another emerging issue of concern is fish welfare. For a long time, the scientific understanding of welfare issues and fish has been debated, the topic is increasingly on the radar. Over the last few years, substantial research has been done to assess the welfare of shrimp, including better insight into ways to measure this. What is the current state of knowledge? In the seminar, we will focus particularly on best practices and the economic business case for ablation-free shrimp. A case will be presented in which a Dutch retailer, their suppliers, and a feed company invested in defining a new baseline for what sustainable shrimp can be.
Program /
Carbon footprint of shrimp: Key drivers of emissions and the need for data

Speaker: Patrik Henriksson, Senior Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Center

What do we know about emissions in different types of farming systems?

Speaker: TBA

The role of feed: How to change formulation to reduce emissions?

Speaker: Helen Ann, Global Sustainability Manager (Technical), BioMar

Panel discussion: Supplier perspectives and verification


Ravi Kumar Yellanki, Managing Director, Vaisakhi Bio-Marine Pvt Ltd & Vaisakhi Bio-Resources Pvt Ltd

Jessica Rivera Rodriguez, International Sales Manager, MERSeafood

Other panelists TBA

Coffee break
Assessing the welfare of shrimp and an improvement tool

Speaker: Øistein Thornsen, CEO, FAI Farms

Best practices and economics of non-ablation

Speaker: Oscar Hennig, Operations Director, Benchmark Shrimp Genetics

Interview with Shrimp Welfare Project and a major supermarket chain


Andrés Jiménez Zorrilla, CEO, Shrimp Welfare Project

Other speakers TBA

Closing remarks