Beacon for sustainable development
Social responsibility and sustainability are an integrated part of our business model, and enshrined in our ethical guidelines. We believe that responsible and sustainable business behaviour contributes to better organisational, financial, environmental and social results.
Extending the ocean potential
Lower environmental impact
Zero escape: Our land-based concept reduces the local environmental impact through greater production control and a circular economy. There is no risk of salmon escaping from the farm.
Optimalized energy consumption: Combining clean and fresh seawater with reuse means energy consumption for pumping and heating water is minimised. Our energy plant has a very high performance in relation to the energy used. That contributes to competitive operating costs, even when compared with farming in the sea.
Treating wastewater and reusing sludge will also help to minimise our environmental footprint, and is one of the contributors to a circular economy. Waste and feed residues from production are collected and will be used a raw material for biogas production and short-travelled fertiliser.
OPTIMAL WATER QUALITY AND STABLE TEMPERATURE
Improved fish welfare
Control over the production environment and stable water parameters ensure better fish health, increased growth and shorter time to harvesting.
The risk of parasites like salmon lice is eliminated by taking in seawater from depths of 25 and 90 metres. Cleaning and disinfecting intake water creates an infection-free environment and reduces the risk of illness. We also minimise risk by making each tank a defined biological zone.
Minimal handling will create good growth conditions and opportunities for optimal feeding and reduced losses during the production cycle.
WATER IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT INPUT
Safe and efficient operation
Our hybrid flow–through system (HFS) is utilised to take in – and replace – large quantities of clean and fresh seawater from off our shores. In addition to utilising water with the same good quality as traditional Norwegian cage farming, we have sufficient space and access to the necessary resources for large-scale production on land.
Safe and efficient operation, combined with optimising water-quality parameters, reduces time to harvesting for each generation from 16 to 12 months. That lays the basis for greater production efficiency and optimal utilisation of our licensed volume.
We are planning to build fish farms on land in other parts the world with the aid of the technology chosen for our Indre Harøya facility. In addition to the value potential offered by building similar installations elsewhere, this will allow us to be a beacon for sustainable development of global seafood production.