Farming The Ocean For A Better Future
Grieg Seafood is one of the world’s leading salmon farming companies. We care about the footprint we leave behind us.
Ensuring sustainable food production in the ocean is key to global food security in the decades to come. While 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 2% of the global food production takes place in the ocean. Also, fish is the most resource efficient protein production there is. Fish convert a greater proportion of the protein and energy they receive from feed into human edible food than what terrestrial livestock can.
Global fisheries cannot provide more food from the sea – most fish species are already fully exploited. A major solution is sustainable aquaculture. Thousands of years ago, we went from hunting and gathering to producing food on land. We became farmers. Only a few decades ago, did we do the same in the sea. Building on the long tradition of utilizing the Norwegian coastline – we became sea-farmers. The potential to produce food under water is enormous.
Producing food, either on land or in the sea, leaves foot-prints. Every day we face dilemmas related to sustainable use of the oceans. As a food producer it is our responsibility to protect the biodiversity for future generations. Even though we have high growth ambitions, we do not permit growth at the expense of the environment. Finding the acceptable foot-print and a balance between the various interests is essential for our success.
Great progress has been made on sustainable salmon production, but numerous challenges remain. It is important for us to maintain the ocean healthy and productive, both today and for the future.
The biggest challenges to sustainable salmon farming in the ocean is:
- Producing salmon side by side other species in nature: Salmon farming happens in the open sea, and as such our salmon interact with the native life of other species in many ways. It is our duty to minimize the negative effect we might have on other species.
Salmon farming’s foot-print on the ecosystem. The ocean connects us all from around the world. It belongs to all of us. And so, it is our responsibility to protect the biodiversity for future generations. To minimize that we need strong and clear governmental regulation, but also focused and responsible farmers.
- Fish health and welfare: Fish health is vital to ensure sustainable use of resources. It is an important duty for fish farmers to work systematically so that the fish get the best conditions to stay healthy. There is still a lot we do not know about sustainable use of the ocean. It might take some time, but we care about our environment and every day our employees are working hard to find solutions.
Atlantic salmon will not be sufficient to meet the growing demand for food in the world. However, we believe salmon breeders are important contributors to finding tomorrow’s solutions for ocean farming. Based on long traditions of aquaculture and a renewed focus on biological and technical innovation, Grieg Seafood aims to assume an active role in ensuring sustainable food production in the ocean.
Grieg Seafood’s core business is to produce food. Our goal is that the customer can trust that our salmon is safe and healthy, and that they choose salmon because it is produced in a sustainable way for generations to come. Collaborating with other industry players, research organizations and governments, we will reach our goal.