Grieg cel­e­brates 25 years of farm­ing

Fish Farmer - - European News -

GRIEG Seafood, one of Nor­way’s lead­ing fish farm­ing com­pa­nies, cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary in busi­ness last month.

And An­dreas Kvame, who took over as CEO in June 2015, has pledged con­tin­u­ing growth, but in­sisted it will not be at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘Grieg Seafood will grow at ten per cent a year to a pro­duc­tion vol­ume of 100,000 tonnes by 2020. This growth will take place at no higher cost than the in­dus­try av­er­age.’

Kvame said the plan to in­crease pro­duc­tion would be achieved by the bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of ex­ist­ing sites and by us­ing new tech­nolo­gies. There should be no con­tra­dic­tion be­tween growth and the en­vi­ron­ment, he main­tained.

‘We recog­nise that this in­dus­try has chal­lenges but we are work­ing to try to solve them. Our growth strat­egy is, among other things, based on good bi­o­log­i­cal con­trol, and by fo­cus­ing on large smolt.’

Ear­lier in the month the com­pany re­ported its ‘best third quar­ter ever’ with a record har­vest of 16,875 tonnes – up from 13,911 tonnes, or 21 per cent, on the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year.

The op­er­at­ing in­come dur­ing the three months be­tween June and Septem­ber to­talled NOK 1,855 mil­lion, a rise of 19 per cent.

Grieg em­ploys more than 700 peo­ple at farms in Nor­way, Bri­tish Columbia and Shet­land, where it is the re­gion’s largest salmon farmer.

The com­pany’s an­niver­sary was marked with a party in the Ber­gen head­quar­ters, with the com­pany say­ing ‘when you reach 25 years the staff de­serve a party’.

Em­ploy­ees came from Grieg’s re­gions in Fin­n­mark, Ro­ga­land, Bri­tish Columbia – and about 100 from Shet­land.

Roy-Tore Rikard­sen, di­rec­tor of Grieg Seafood Fin­n­mark, said the com­pany op­er­ated on the same prin­ci­ples as the tra­di­tional fish­ing in­dus­try, which has been ex­port­ing for 1,000 years.

Aqua­cul­ture in Nor­way may be young, he said, barely 40 years old, but it was in the sec­tor’s own in­ter­ests to take care of the en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure that it too can be around for a long time.

Above: An­dreas Kvame

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