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Folla Alger and Cermaq are testing a new combined sea site for salmon and kelp: will contribute to the green shift
Last week, Folla Alger stocked the first kelp in its new combined sea site for salmon and kelp in Steigen in Nordland, Norway.
The iFarm project aims to improve the health and welfare of the fish in the net pens with the help of artificial intelligence. Fish have now been stocked for the third time in iFarm-net pens, and in this phase the focus is on machine learning.
When the proposal for resource rent tax for Norwegian aquaculture was presented, the authorities opened for returning permits purchased at fixed prices in 2022. Cermaq therefore terminates the purchase of 669 tons MAB at a value of NOK 134 million.
Cermaq will freeze investments in Norway as a consequence of the proposal for resource rent tax. “We will wait for more clear understanding of the announcement of last week and the final proposal for the resource rent tax and associated regulations”, states CEO Steven Rafferty
The use of the ocean by many industries has not sufficiently respected the multiple roles and complex biodiversity in the ocean, Cermaq recognizes in launching Sea the Solution. As research unfolds fact and casual relationships, we are better positioned to move from harm to harmony. And we must all take part.
Cermaq is one of the ten seafood companies in the global partnership Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) and has the honor to present SeaBOS’ press release on the launch of the Progress report for the first five years of operation.
Reference is made to the previously disclosed class-action complaints in the US against Cermaq and five other producers and/or sellers of Norwegian salmon (together with certain of their subsidiaries) (collectively referred to as the Defendants), over claims concerning anti-competitive behaviour. While all Defendants reject that there is any basis for the claims and consider the complaints to be entirely unsubstantiated, all Defendants in the US class action related to the direct purchaser case have now, following a mandatory mediation procedure, accepted a settlement offer from the direct purchaser plaintiffs subject to approval by the court of Southern District of Florida. The total settlement amount for all Defendants is USD 85 million.
Survival rate for Atlantic salmon last year was 95% with variances between areas showing the potential for further improvement. Scoring fish welfare on three levels; environmental, population and individual is an important tool to increase survival rate.
Terjesen, who is Head of Landbased Innovation & Development at Cermaq Group, will combine his work in Cermaq with a professor II position at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University in Bodø. He will teach bachelor and master students and eventually also supervise doctoral students. This will also involve developing courses on continuing education in aquaculture technology, especially with a focus on RAS/post smolt. The courses will be open to all fish farming companies and others in the region. The long-term goal is also to initiate various research collaborations with external actors.
BioSort and Cermaq have for the very first time tested a sorting mechanism that will sort the fish in a net pen to provide customized follow-up for the fish. Seeing the difference between fish is crucial for improving fish health and welfare in the net pens and will be a big step forward for increased survival in salmon farming.