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Global G.A.P Certified

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We can now congratulate Grieg Seafood Shetland as a Global G.A.P certified company.

– We are very happy about this. This shows that our company cover the criteria for legal compliance, for food safety, worker occupational health and safety, animal welfare, and environmental and ecological care, says Regional Manager Sigurd Pettersen.

– A Global G.A.P certification is also very important for the marked, he says.

The process of becoming Global G.A.P certified started last year.

The official confirmation sounds like this:
“The certification body Food Certification International Ltd. t/a Acoura Marine certified your products under your GLOBALG.A.P. No. 4056186358998 in the GLOBALG.A.P. database.”

The final result for our shells sample project

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In Alta river the percentage of submitted shell samples shows 2.9% of farmed salmon in the entire period. The percentage of wild fish is 96.0%.

In Repparfjord river the percentage of submitted shell samples shows 1.2% of farmed salmon in the entire period. The percentage of wild fish is 98.6%.

We want to thank all the fishermen in both rivers that have submitted shell samples in the salmon season. This gave NINA a good foundation to work with so we could present the most accurate result.

The project is a collaboration between NINA, ALI, Vest -Finnmark Jakt og Fiske, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood and NRS. This is the third year the project is implemented. The results of the collected shells samples tells us what proportion of the submitted samples of farmed salmon, and not the situation in the river as a whole.

Lumpsuckers arrived in loppa

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The lumpsuckers arrived at our locations in Loppa, Finnmark this week.

Lumpsuckers is part of Grieg Seafoods sea lice strategy and will also be used in our upcoming green licenses.

Lumpsuckers will be well looked after by our staff. Inside the pens the lumpsuckers will have it’s own hide where it can relax when needed and it also has it’s own feed (but it should still have appetite for sea lice).

We hope the lumpsuckers will prove to be a very good sea lice predator, and a step in the right direction for the aquaculture industry in the fight against lice.

 

This is our priorities

Grieg Seafood has defined key priority areas for sustainability. Our priorities will ensure that our efforts respond to our main stakeholders´ expectations of us, as well as enable us to achieve our goals and create long-term value. The priorities also take into account our long-term commitments through GSI.

Our materiality matrix

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The prioritisation of sustainability issues was carried out according to the guidelines developed by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4. A multidisciplinary group including representatives of the management team was involved in the preparation and completion of this work. All aspects of the matrix are considered to be important, while the aspects in the upper right corner are considered the most important.

The assessment, which was conducted in 2013 and further aligned with the GSI in 2014, was based on a survey of our stakeholders´ expectations of us. Identified aspects of sustainability were ranked in terms of importance to each stakeholder group, as well as an assessment of potential risks and opportunities related to Grieg Seafood´s achievement. The matrix shows the sustainability aspects that emerged through the materiality analysis, and it clarifies our priorities. All aspects of the matrix are considered to be important, while the aspects in the upper right corner are considered the most important.

This report provides information on our approach to managing the issues of highest priority, and describes our main principles, and our performance, results and future goals and ambitions. Our high priority sustainability issues are:

  • Food safety and quality
  • Fish health
  • Sea lice control
  • Escape control
  • Employee safety and working environment
  • Anti-corruption and integrity
  • The ripple effect in communities
  • Transparency and stakeholder dialogue (this section)

Read more in our sustainability report.

New Production Manager at sea in Finnmark

Grieg Seafood Finnmark has appointed a new head of production at sea which starts 4 May 2015.

Our new production manager at the seaside is Vidar Aamo Nikolaisen. He is 40 years old and a very experienced farmer with good education.

Nikolaisen has a Master degree in fish health and a Master in strategic management and finance from the University of Tromsø. Vidar has experience as being an Aqua Technician, Operations Manager, Fish Health Manager (Senja Sjøfarm AS, Dåfjord laks, Aurora Salmon AS and Lerøy Aurora AS), and has been CEO of Vikar in Norway.

We wish Vidar welcome.

Grieg Seafood selects Pacific Seafood as exclusive Northwest distribution partner

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Pacific Seafood Group is set to become the exclusive Northwest distribution partner of Grieg Seafood ASA’s Skuna Bay Salmon brand on Monday.

As of Monday, Pacific will be the only distributor to sell Grieg’s “craft-raised” salmon in Washington State, Idaho, Montana and Utah.

The selection comes due to “their reputation for quality, sustainable sourcing, service and outstanding cold chain”, Skuna Bay said in a release on Wednesday.

“Our passion is to consistently provide the great chefs of America with great salmon so their customers always have a fantastic salmon dining experience ,” Dave Mergle, director for Skuna Bay, said. “We are excited to improve our service in the region where salmon is a part of the cultural fabric – and where we think chefs will appreciate the attention to detail we put into getting them great 10 pound salmon year round.”

Skuna Bay Salmon — launched in November of 2011 in the US Southwest — is reared in glacier-fed waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, by a team of farmers.

It has now been served at more than 2,500 high-end restaurants and boutique retailers across more than 35 states and major urban markets including Los Angeles and New York, among many others.

Well-known chefs from across America advocate for the brand, including Michael Kornick of MK in Chicago, Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Ed Brown of Ed’s Chowderhouse in New York and Anne Kearney of Rue Dumaine in Dayton, Ohio.

Ref: Undercurrent News

New Group managing director in Grieg Seafood ASA

bilde liteAndreas Kvame (52) is hired as the new Group managing director (CEO) for Grieg Seafood ASA. Kvame comes from the position as managing director for Scanbio AS, and knows the salmon farming industry very well after 17 years in different management positions in Marine Harvest and the predecessor Hydro Seafood. Kvame was employed by Gilde Agro during 1983 -1995, the last 3 years as operating manager for the processing plants at Forus and Egersund. Kvame is educated within agriculture, as well as having additional education within business administration management.

Kvame started in Marine Harvest as manager of the processing plant Ryfisk at Hjelmeland, and from 2001, he was a director in Marine Harvest Norway, with full responsibility for sales and processing, logistics and planning. From 2003, Kvame has had several positions in Marine Harvest Europe as director and has been responsible within the same areas up until 2013. He was member of the Marine Harvest Europe management team.

“We are particularly happy to welcome Andreas Kvame as our new CEO”, Per Grieg jr says, the chairman of the board in Grieg Seafood ASA. “He will in an excellent way complement the already strong leader team now in place in the company and will participate in developing our many potentials.”

“I look forward to join and head up one of the leading salmon producers globally”, Andreas Kvame says. “The company has clear ambitions about participating actively in the strong growth that the salmon farming industry is facing during the next years, and for me it is exiting to contribute to this value creation.”

The board of directors of Grieg Seafood points to Kvame’s strong ability for execution that will contribute to a better utilization of our production capacity, increase our cost efficiency and increase the production from today’s level of 70,000 tons of salmon annually.

Grieg Seafood ASA (www.griegseafood.com) has about 650 employees in Norway, Scotland and Canada with total sales of 2.6 billion NOK in 2014. The company farms in 4 regions in Rogaland, Finnmark, Scotland and British Columbia. They own or rent over 100 licenses and sites for salmon production. The company was started in 1992 and listed on Oslo Stock exchange in 2007 (GSF). All sales are handled by Ocean Quality, one of Europe’s leading salmon distributors. Ocean Quality has about 35 employees and is owned with 60% by the company. Grieg Seafood is part of the Grieg Group (www.grieg.no).

Andreas Kvame will start in his new position latest 1 June 2015.

Any enquiries to the chairman of the board, Per Grieg jr, mobile +47 908 31 648 or mail per.grieg@grieg.no.

Finnmark awarded four green licences

Christmas came early to Finnmark. Grieg Seafood Finnmark have just been awarded four green licences!

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– We are very pleased that the award is now final and that we now can begin the job of getting started with the green licences. We are not only looking at these four green licences as increased MTB, but this is mainly licences to stimulate technology development to solve lice and escape problems, says Regional Manager at Grieg Seafood Finnmark, Roy Tore Rikardsen.

– This is very positive for us, says CFO at Grieg Seafood ASA, Atle Harald Sandtorv.
The licenses were submitted for three different batches:
Group A: 20 licenses reserved for the counties of Troms and Finnmark, in northern Norway. Each of the two counties will get 10 licenses, out of which five in each county will be reserved for smaller players.
Group B (open group with closed bidding round): 15 licenses.
Group C (open group) : 10 licenses.

We’ve got a new site in the UK!

Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee has today approved Hjaltland’s application for the Ru Chorachan (Loch Snizort East) site.

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It’s a day of celebration for Grieg Seafood. Yesterday our UK department were allocated a new site at the Isle of Skye.

– This was a Christmas gift to Grieg Seafood, says Regional Manager Sigurd Pettersen.

– Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee has today approved Hjaltland’s application for the Ru Chorachan (Loch Snizort East) site. This is with 4 standard conditions and one special condition which requires construction of the fish farm to take place outwith the times of year which are sensitive for the white-tailed eagles which frequent this area. I have attached a copy of the committee report in case you haven’t already seen it.  The formal decision notice should reach you in a few days, says Colin Wishart at the Highland Council.

The proposed maximum standing biomass of fish on the site would be 2166 tonnes. The site is adjacent to a section of coast which runs between Ru Chorachan, the headland which forms the south side of the entrance to Uig Bay, and Poll na h-Eelaidh, the small inlet which lies 2 kms to the south.

Congratulations sent to our UK department! Keep up the good work!