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~20% of all GSI member farms now ASC certified, as group makes progress towards ambitious sustainability goals
- Seeing how we in Cermaq can contribute to meeting the UN Sustainability Goals is very encouraging, says Wenche Grønbrekk, Global head of Sustainability and Risk in Cermaq.
Cooperation within the industry and with authorities, suppliers etc. is needed for realizing the full potential in Chilean farming.
To achieve the innovation we need we must organize ourselves better through the entire value chain, from how we empower employees at the farming site to how we collectively fund research, was one of the messages from Geir Molvik.
Cermaq published its sustainability report in May based on the calendar year 2015. As the company’s fiscal year has been adjusted to 1 April -31 March, the accounts and BoDs report are published separately.
Whereas the report describes the current situation of our oceans overall as challenging and especially so when it comes to regulating harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, the main focus is how we can meet the targets set by the UN for Life below water.
Cermaq is the only aquaculture company that publishes quarterly performance for key sustainability indicators related to important fish health, environmental and social topics in our operations.
- I am happy that we have recruited a Chief Legal Counsel with broad experience from law firms as well as international business. He will bring valuable competence to the management team (CCMT) and the entire organization, says CEO Geir Molvik.
Through our own research we have identified field isolates which are being used for the development of a new vaccine, working on determine reservoirs, survival of the bacteria in sea water, screening broodfish and testing several vaccination strategies as well as QTL for SRS. We are currently running test with the new Pharmaq live vaccine and will start in Q3 a benchmark trial at the R&D Center in Colaco, to test the new custom made vaccine with other SRS vaccines available in Chile. Still, it is too early to tell if these vaccines are successful as the large fish is most at risk of SRS.
The sensors of iFarm have computer vision, which recognizes each individual based on the dot pattern of the salmon. In a sensor chamber, number of fish, fish size, number of sea lice, and possible signs of the disease are registered. The method enables individual-based fish farming. Hence, iFarm represents a technological leap in the development of cage farming.
Several species of sea bird are challenged, hence it is important that our sites are constructed to minimize conflicts with sea birds and other wildlife, and that our operators can identify the relevant red listed species.