August 31, 2021
Cermaq awarded for work to improve fish welfare
Cermaq was awarded for its work to improve fish welfare during the AquaNor fair in Trondheim, Norway.
The company is the recipient of a newly established prize awarded by the Fish Welfare Forum, a collaborative platform between the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Institute of Marine Research.
Cermaq was recognised for its improvement work at its fry plant in Steigen, Norway, and the positive results it had produced.
"Good health and welfare for our fish is fundamental in all our work throughout our value chain across all companies in Cermaq," Knut Ellekjær, managing director of Cermaq Norway, said. "Good welfare gives a strong and robust fish, good production results and good financial results in the end."
Considered to be an old site, the Holmvåg fry facility specialises in the earliest stages of the salmon's life cycle, from roe to fry. Through careful observation of start feeding fry behavior and adjustment of tank hydrodynamics, feed distribution and water temperature, facility staff has improved survival and fry quality significantly.
"By observing the fry's behaviour closely, we have been able to act and make adjustments that have given very good results. As a result of these changes, we now start with 5% fewer roe grains, but still produce the same amount of fry at the facility," Marit Mehus, fish health and freshwater manager at Cermaq Norway, said.
"These results show that we can make important steps for improved fish welfare at older facilities. What the staff at Holmvåg have done here is impressive and demonstrates how important their strong commitment to the fish is."
With the development of its iFarm project, Cermaq aims to improve fish welfare by using artificial intelligence and machine learning, identifying each fish in a net pen and giving it individual follow-up.