Bonds for Ponds

Bonds for Ponds explores how aquafeed constitutes the aquaculture industry’s largest operating cost and largest source of environmental impacts, on land and at sea. It presents a case for financing an industry transition, using green bonds to scale innovative feeds.

Shell Shock - Mangrove Deforestation Threat to Farmed Shrimp Investments

This Briefing Paper explains the challenges facing the global shrimp farming industry and warns that investors with a $63 billion exposure to the farmed shrimp sector are unable adequately to assess and compare farmed shrimp financial risks across the 27 leading publicly traded farmed shrimp equities.

Shrimp is the most valuable traded farmed seafood commodity globally. The global shrimp market was worth $45 billion in 2018 distributed across public, private, smallholder and commercial producers. The marine shrimp industry is forecast to continue growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.7% to 5.2% between 2019 and 2025.

There is value-at-risk to investors due to known regulatory changes, market shifts and biological constraints that will continue to increase in the mid-term, e.g. by 2025, though the extent of the risk is as yet unknown.

Salmon Feels the Heat

Within the global aquaculture market, Atlantic salmon is the second most financially valuable farmed fish species in the world, with over 2.4 Mt of farmed salmon products produced in 2018 representing a market value of $18 billion.

But, as demand for farmed salmon grows, production volumes and intensity are expected to increase and – as seen in parts of the agriculture sector with the application of fertilisers, pesticides and intensification at all costs – environmental issues such as aquaculture feed supply, disease and waste leakage are forecast to grow in parallel.

This Briefing Paper looks in detail at the prospects for the farmed salmon industry and makes recommendations for investors to protect their investments and help drive the industry towards more sustainable practices.