June 2, 2022
Cermaq sees strong fish health and environmental performance results in 2021
The survival rate for Cermaq's Atlantic salmon last year was 95% with variances between areas showing the potential for further improvement.
Scoring fish welfare on three levels (environmental, population and individual) is an important tool to increase survival rate, the Norway-headquartered salmon producer said.
Increasing food production in the ocean is needed to mitigate climate change and to reach the UN sustainable development goals. Salmon farming engages many around the world and robust data are necessary to facilitate the public debate.
Facts about salmon farming performance are needed for improvement in operations but also for constructive discussion and dialogue with stakeholders. This has been the basis for Cermaq's comprehensive sustainability reporting and why its report is externally reviewed by auditors, said Lars Galtung, Cermaq's director for sustainability and communication.
The company's Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report for 2021 incorporates both industry-specific data and information based on the GRI Protocols.
Cermaq's use of standardised methodologies allows users of its report to compare and benchmark results for sustainability both against other salmon producers and production of other types of fish, animal and plant proteins.
Cermaq also acknowledged it did not reach its goal of zero escapes in 2021.
Of a total of more than 90,000,000 fish in its worldwide operations, 5,609 fish had escaped.
The company said it will continue to focus on protection of local diversity as an important part of its operations with objective to further reduce escapes in 2022 through better monitoring technology and improvement of work procedures.