NSC signs cooperation with E-NGO Bellona
The Environmental NGO Bellona and the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) has joined forces to communicate about healthy and sustainable Norwegian seafood. The cooperation established for a three-year period was launched on December 15th. The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Ms. Aspaker was present at the signing and participated in a traditional, and highly sustainable, herring workshop.
The world is facing an explosive population growth. From seven billion people today to an expected population of nine billion people within 2050. The UN Committee on World Food Security states that sustainable fisheries and aquaculture is vital in order to meet the increasing populations need for food.
– More food has to come from the ocean in the future, and we depend on sustainable farming and fisheries. Healthy oceans makes up the basis for healthy lives for our generations to come, said the Minister of Fisheries, Ms. Elisabeth Aspaker.
Norwegian role models
Norway as a seafood nation is an international role model and source of inspiration for sustainable harvesting from our oceans. An example of this is the cod stock in the Barents Sea. It is the world’s best-managed cod stock, and Norwegian management model is now used as a global role model for sustainable harvesting of pelagic species. Norwegian companies are also at the forefront when you look at initiatives for sustainable aquaculture.
– The last couple of years Bellona has sought an active position to utilize what we have too much of to produce what we have too little of. There is a huge demand for food, clean energy and more green jobs. The environmental challenges of the aquaculture industry can be solved. The industry can contribute to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and at the same time create green jobs for the future, said Bellona’s CEO, Mr. Frederic Hauge.
Mr. Hauge clearly stated that we face large challenges and need new alliances, new solutions and new strategies is needed. Bellona’s CEO sees the cooperation with NSC as a strategic tool to achieve the ambitious environmental goals for Norwegian seafood production.
Serves the earth and the public health
– With this agreement NSC and Bellona establishes a formalized dialog in the debate on sustainable seafood. We hope this agreement can serve the health of both the earth and the population, said Mr. Geir Bakkevoll with the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Fact based debate
The main element of the cooperation between NSC and Bellona is to communication about sustainable seafood.
– This does not mean that any of the parties will control what the other part say or do. On the contrary, we believe that we can contribute to a fact based and scientific debate about healthy seafood and reinforce each other’s messages by highlighting the good examples from the seafood industry, said Geir Bakkevoll.
Sustainable Christmas gifts
The cooperation was introduced at Norway’s Culinary Academy with a herring workshop where also the Minister of Fisheries participated. Like the newly formalized cooperation, the workshop was focusing on sustainable and healthy choices.
– Sustainable and healthy products are also wanted for Christmas, both as Christmas gifts and on the Christmas menu. That is why our first delivery to the co-operation with Bellona is a workshop to make the healthiest and most sustainable Christmas gift there is: Herring in a jar for the many Christmas lunches, concluded Mr. Bakkevoll.