Assessing the carbon footprint of seafood | Seafish

Assessing the carbon footprint of seafood

Our tools can help industry understand greenhouse gas emissions hotspots in the seafood chain. Find out how to assess your products.

We have developed tools to help the seafood industry understand the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of wild capture fisheries. These provide a better understanding of the major contributors to the ‘carbon footprint’ of seafood products. Further tools are in development.

Robust data and information are needed to help businesses plan and make informed investment decisions, to drive supply chain transformation.

To reduce the GHGs associated with seafood products, businesses need to first identify and understand their carbon ‘footprint’. Seafood products tend to have several ‘hotspots’ across the supply chain – activities that produce relatively more GHG emissions.

We have worked with the British Standards Institution, the seafood industry and experts from around the world to establish a common approach for assessing these emissions in seafood products. This common approach is set out in the published assessment standard BSi PAS 2050-2:2012 available via the link:

Our existing CO2 emissions profile tools

Our existing GHG profiling tools focus on seafood products from wild capture fisheries. At the entry level, our simple profiling tool enables industry to produce an indicative carbon profile for seafood products. There is also a more detailed profiling tool which follows the guidelines set out in BSI PAS 2050-2:2012.

The CO2 emissions profile tools can be accessed below:

The detailed tools enable users to explore the carbon implications of sourcing and supplying seafood, to give a better understanding of the major contributors to the ‘carbon footprint’ of their products. It also gives insight into the influence that some aspects of the seafood production chain have on carbon emissions. Major potential drivers of emissions that the tool addresses include direct fuel inputs to fishing, the transport mode used, and the amount of time products are held in cold storage. We have also incorporated yield rates and the degree to which processing co-products (wastes) are used, and users may alter these variables.

Terms and conditions for using the tools are at the bottom of this page.

Please note: this tool is intended for information purposes only and is not intended to prove the carbon footprint of a seafood product.

Redevelopment of our seafood emissions profiling tool

We are in the process of developing a new carbon emissions profiling tool for the UK seafood industry.

The tool will provide businesses with the opportunity to assess the carbon footprint of their seafood products and support its transition to Net Zero.

The tool for the wild capture supply chain was made available to businesses in December 2023. This part of the tool is undergoing further Beta-testing and refinement. Up to 40 businesses are currently using this area of the tool ahead of a full launch in March 2024. When finalised, the tool will also include the aquaculture supply chain.

If you are a seafood business and think you could benefit from involvement in trialling the early version of the wild capture part of the tool, please email: carbontool@seafish.co.uk.

The redevelopment project centres on an exciting partnership between Seafish and Blonk Sustainability Tools, a leading environmental foot-printing software developer and data / methodology specialist.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about our carbon profiling work, please contact: climate@seafish.co.uk

Terms and conditions of use

  1. Introduction

1.1 Use of our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profiling Tool (“the Tool”) is conditional upon you accepting the following terms and conditions (“the Terms”).
 1.2 Please read these Terms of use carefully before you start to use the Tool, as these will apply to your use of the Tool. We recommend that you print a copy of these Terms for future reference.
 1.3 By using the Tool, you confirm that you accept these Terms and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not accept these Terms then you are not permitted to use the Tool.

  1. Our Details

The Tool is provided by Seafish Industry Authority, a statutory body established under the Fisheries Act 1981 with a place of business at 18 Logie Mill, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HS (“Seafish”, “us”, “our” or “we”) and has been constructed by researchers at Seafish, Dalhousie University (a Canadian University with its principal office in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3H 4R2) and SINTEF (an independent research organisation with its principle office in Stiftelsen Sintef, Box 4760 Sluppen, N-7465 Trondheim, Norway) (our “Partners”).

  1. Availability of the tool

3.1 We do not guarantee that the Tool, or any content on it, will always be available or that access to the Tool will be uninterrupted and we reserve the right to (without prior notice):
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  1. Use of the tool/tool results

4.1 You must only use the Tool for lawful purposes and you must not:
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  1. Third party content

The Tool include links to other internet sites and/or resources provided by third parties (including our Partners and the British Standards Institute). These links are provided for your information only and we do not control those sites and/or resources, and we accept no responsibility for them for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of any third party sites, resources or content.

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  1. General

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