The Age of Sustainable Seafood
When producing healthy food in the ocean, our common ocean, we have a responsibility to people, society and the environment that are affected by our business. We operate in a responsible way that creates public value, common good, and positive ripple effects for the local communities where we operate.
Finding the common ground for co-operation with others, benefiting both, is an excellent way to create shared value.
Examples of such co-production include:
Growing seaweed in connection with our farming operations. This way, emissions of nutrients from the fish farm are absorbed by the seaweed. The seaweed can be then used for energy production or for animal feed. Cermaq has co-operative projects on seaweed in Norway and in Canada
At Cermaq’s visitor center in Hamarøy, Norway, a local company established boat tours based on an agreement on transporting Cermaq’s visitors at the center to Cermaq sites.
There are multiple ripple effects from salmon farming.
Each job in salmon farming creates two other jobs in the value chains, e.g. suppliers, processing, and transport.
Not only the company, but also employees pay taxes that are part of financing social services and collective goods in the local communities
Being a cornerstone company
In many local communities, salmon farming is a cornerstone industry, a foundation for a viable community.
Through employees and their families, salmon farming jobs are the foundation for activities in schools, transport and broadband fiber connections, cultural activities, and for goods and services.
Our staff at the sea sites add to the coastal marine rescue system as they are trained for operations at sea, know the waters in the area, and the sites are at multiple locations.
For good or ill, we live in an interdependent world. We can't escape each other. Therefore, we have to spend our lives building a global community of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared benefits.
William J. Clinton