We have zero tolerance for fish escaping our facilities, and we work continiously to prevent escape.
Why it is important to us
Salmon escaping the nets are a big concern to us because of the possibility of negative influences on the wild fish stock, especially wild salmon and trout. Escape may harm the industry’s reputation and influence the external conditions for future growth, in addition to financially harming the company.
Our main principles
We have zero tolerance for escapes from our facilities, and we work continuously to prevent escapes. In order to facilitate this work, we will ensure high technical standards on our locations though long-term investments and necessary resources. On the sites, we will continue to work with routines and build the relevant competencies and capacities.
Our efforts and results
The Norwegian authorities have established strict demands for producers regarding escape prevention. We work continuously in order to meet these demands, and this is also part of the requirements in the GLOBALG.A.P. which we comply with, and ASC that we work towards. In Finnmark we have throughout the year had strong focus on good risk assessments, practices and procedures. In Shetland we have ongoing replacement of equipment when required, to ensure the facilities meet the appropriate standards. We have also continued efforts to improve facility control and training for our employees working with net bags in order to prevent escapes, and inspections of vessels, moorings and facilities are carried out according to regulations.
Additional inspections are also carried out after periods of harsh weather, and we work to make sure that employees attend courses on escaping once every two years at minimum. New employees also receive risk and procedural training with Operational Managers within their first week, and do not carry out work operations alone until the necessary expertise has been acquired.
Our continuous efforts to prevent escapes give results and in 2015 Grieg Seafood had zero escapes in all entities, see Table3.
Our ambitions and goals
Our goal is zero occurrences of escaped fish. An important means to achieve this is to continuously ensure the NYTEK standard at our facilities. In the future we will continue to focus on preventative projects, and as part of this we will ensure a systematic approach to reporting near occurrences and actual occurrences. As with other focus areas we will work to learn from internal and external best practice and make sure that we make the necessary investments. Particular focus for 2016 will be Finnmark, where we have increased requirements for escape prevention in connection with the implementation of eight green concessions.