Norwegian fish industry green excellence

According to the Coller Fairr Index (which evaluates animal protein producers on environmental issues), Norwegian companies are among the best producers of sustainable proteins in the world.

Norwegian fish industry green excellence. To certify it, for the fourth consecutive time, the evaluations expressed by the Coller Fairr Index relating to companies producing sustainable proteins in their production chain. The index offers a comprehensive assessment of major animal protein producers on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is based on a risk and opportunity factor assessment methodology developed by investors, companies and industry experts.

“Of the 60 of the world’s leading animal protein producers – the Norwegian Seafood Council remarks – only seven companies have obtained the classification of ‘minimum risk’ in the index, three of which are Norwegian aquaculture companies: Mowi, the largest farmer of salmon in the world, maintains first place with Grieg Seafood in second place and Lerøy Seafood in fourth place ”. “I am extremely proud that Norway’s sustainable aquaculture strategy has once again been identified in this global rating, it is an important recognition for the entire sector – says Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council – In the coming decades, the global food system will have to change and we know that responsible aquaculture and organic food have the potential to be a part of this change.. Our entire industry works hard to reduce our impact and improve fish welfare and this commitment has allowed us to reach the top in the Fairr index again this year ”.

The assessment of how protein producers act is based on parameters such as greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and biodiversity, water use and scarcity, waste and pollution, antibiotics, animal welfare , working conditions, food security, governance and sustainable proteins. “Norwegian companies excel across the board and are particularly rewarded in relation to antibiotic use and working conditions,” emphasizes the Seafood Council. Responsibility, transparency, innovation and of course sustainability are core values ​​of the Norwegian fishing industry. “We work constantly and in a targeted way to improve sustainability throughout our production chain. We will continue in our commitment to improve ourselves more and more thanks to innovation, new technologies and new knowledge with the aim of providing increasingly healthy and sustainable fish to consumers “, concludes Larsen.

In particular, authorities, research and industry work together to enable Norwegian aquaculture to operate in a sustainable environment. Norway has relied on a set of stringent health standards, careful monitoring and an ongoing commitment to developing the industry. This includes the more than $ 18 million that fish farmers set aside each year, as well as state investments, to fund research and development. However, the most important asset of the Norwegian aquaculture industry remains the excellent natural conditions. The vast marine areas of the country and the almost 100,915 km of coastline offer ideal conditions for the farming of fish products.

Thanks to the experience gained in the field and advanced technology, the Norwegian aquaculture industry is committed to the cto monitor and promote the healthy development of fish and therefore food safety at every stage of the supply chain: from hatching to the consumer’s table. For example, each farm must have a license to operate and must be located in a suitable place from the point of view of environmental protection, to avoid repercussions on the area and on the stocks of the various species. Any infringement of the law carries severe penalties.

All fish are treated with the utmost attention to animal ethics, an important fact for both fish and the consumer, because stressed fish means low quality meat. The perfect development conditions vary from species to species: for example, salmon is a pack animal and, therefore, does not swim alone. To provide salmon with the free space they need to grow fully in a clean and natural environment, the Norwegian aquaculture industry guarantees an open water volume of at least 97.5% per farm.