Sustainable fish farming

Sustainable development takes care of current needs and takes care of future generations' opportunities to meet their needs. With global demand, we work closely with suppliers who have traceable, sustainable seafood of the highest quality.

We have a high focus on customer satisfaction which means that we offer the best quality of salmon. We offer our customers salmon products made from sustainable farmed fish. Antibiotics and toxics are not used in salmon farming from Norway. On the WHO (World Health Organization) website, you can read more about how Norway avoids antibiotics in fish farming. Read more https://www.who.int/features/2015/antibiotics-norway/en/

Norwegian seafood is scientifically documented as sustainable. Norway's aquaculture industry is among the world's leading programs. As the second largest exporter of seafood, Norway understands that safeguarding the environment and fish stocks for the future is the only way the aquaculture industry can remain sustainable.

Norwegian knowledge and technology help to make us at the forefront of the world when it comes to sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

As a fishing and aquaculture nation, Norway developed standards early on that set requirements for the industry. Standard Norway, together with the Norwegian Seafood Council, has prepared standards for documentation and quality requirements for fish and fish products, including salmon, cod, shrimp and sea-frozen fillets.

Requirements for aquaculture facilities

To engage in aquaculture in Norway, a license, a permit from the authorities is required. Norwegian fish farmers have an ethical and legal responsibility for the salmon's welfare. For the sake of the environment, fish health, fish welfare and food safety, strict requirements are set for the operation of everyone who has a license to farm.

All aquaculture facilities have operating plans that are assessed by the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. On the basis of the Norwegian regulations and the aquaculture industry's routines, the Veterinary Institute has determined that the health situation for Norwegian farmed salmon is good. We have a fish health and a fish health service that is at the forefront internationally.

The breeder must have access to a locality to obtain a license, ie a physical area where the facility will be located. Strict requirements are set for, among other things, the current conditions, because the placement of cages requires good water flow. Although the aquaculture industry has grown, the number of localities decreased by 40 per cent between 2000 and 2010.

Norway has 90,000 km2 of sea area within the baseline. This means that Norway has an area for potential food production the size of the agricultural area in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark combined.

The location of cages and fish farms requires good water flow.

Questions and answers

Is farmed salmon full of medicine? No, because the state of health is good. While the production of farmed salmon has increased a lot, the outbreaks of the disease have decreased. The reason is good vaccines and strict hygiene requirements. Therefore, antibiotics are practically no longer used in salmon farming, simply because the fish are mainly healthy throughout the life cycle.

The typical fish farm consists of six to ten cages and has between 3 and 4000 tonnes of fish. The cage consists of a floating element in the surface and a net bag in which the fish swims. The typical net bag is between 20 and 50 meters deep, corresponding to twice as high as the Castle. The diameter of the typical cage is about 50 meters wide, corresponding to half the width of the Castle. The largest cages have a circumference of 200 meters.

Sources:

Norsk sjømat stranda AS - https://www.norsksjomat.no/about/sustainability

WHO, world health organization https://www.who.int/features/2015/antibiotics-norway/en/

Norwegian aquaculture Standard.no - https://www.standard.no/fagomrader/fiskeri-akvakultur-og-mat/fiskeri-og-akvakultur/