Grieg and AqaGen sign strate­gic part­ner­ship

Fish Farmer - - European News -

GRIEG Seafood has en­tered into a long-term strate­gic part­ner­ship with the salmon egg com­pany AquaGen, which spe­cialises in breed­ing dis­ease and lice re­sis­tant stock.

Grieg said that its op­er­a­tions at Er­fjord in Ro­goland, Nor­way, will pro­duce brood­fish and eggs be­long­ing to AquaGen.

The agree­ment also in­cludes egg de­liv­er­ies from AquaGen to the com­pany’s Fin­n­mark and Shet­land farms.

Com­ment­ing on the value of ge­net­ics, Grieg Seafood CEO An­dreas Kvame said: ‘Ge­netic ma­te­rial is a fun­da­men­tal in­put fac­tor in any food pro­duc­tion, and an im­por­tant suc­cess fac­tor in achiev­ing a good salmon pro­duc­tion.

‘AquaGen se­lects salmon with good growth prop­er­ties and high dis­ease re­sis­tance, and was the first us­ing ad­vanced method­ol­ogy in the se­lec­tion.

‘This gives a good match to Grieg Seafood’s fo­cus on in­creased sur­vival and im­proved pro­duc­tion growth that will take the com­pany to­wards a pro­duc­tion of 100,000 tonnes by 2020.’

Both Grieg and AquaGen said there were other key ar­eas, such as en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and prof­itable growth, in which the two com­pa­nies could work to­gether.

Nina Santi, chief ex­ec­u­tive of AquaGen, said: ‘We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with such a for­ward look­ing pro­ducer as Grieg Seafood.’

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