Farmed salmon in Norway is the result of around 15 generations of targeted breeding, and is classified as partly domesticated and adapted to a life in cages. If salmon escape from the cages, there is a risk that they will spawn together with wild salmon, and this could result in genetic changes in the wild salmon stocks.
Our ambitions in this area
Lerøy Seafood Group has a vision of zero escapees.
How we work in the area / What action we have taken
Significant measures have been implemented to prevent escape at LSG's farming localities. The Group has invested heavily in both technology, control systems and development of new routines to prevent escape.
All escapees and suspected escapees are reported consecutively to the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and published on the following website https://www.fiskeridir.no/Akvakultur/Tall-og-analyse/Roemmingsstatistikk.
All Lerøy's facilities comply with technical standard NS 9415:2009 Marine fish farms. These requirements are specified in the NYTEK regulation that governs marine fish farms, all main components, structural elements for mooring and extra equipment.
How we measure our impact
The Group controls the number of fish in cages at each facility. The number of fish released to each sea cage from the smolt facility is counted according to the number of vaccinations minus dead fish prior to release. All fish that is taken out of the cage after release are logged daily. When an unknown number of fish escape from the cage, a well boat is used to count the remaining fish, and by comparing the well boat count with the marine farm's own figures an estimate of the number of escapees is made.
The national impact of escape of farmed salmon in watercourses is measured by the following project: Nasjonalt overvåkingsprogram for rømt oppdrettslaks i vassdrag (national monitoring programme for farmed salmon escapees in watercourses).
Targets per KPI and Results per KPI
Target 2021: Zero escape
In 2021, Lerøy Seafood Group reported 4 escapees from their fish farms.
Figures for escape
Escape in connection with:
|Counting sea lice
Escapees in 2020 totalled up to 208 fish
Escapees in 2019 totalled up to 85 fish
Target 2022: Zero escapes
Action taken due to results per KPI
Improvements have been made to secure use of safety measures when capturing fish for delousing and when returning fish to the cage after counting sea lice, to minimise possible escape.
Lerøy has collaborated with other businesses to establish a new company, Sporbarhet AS. The aim is to ensure efficient traceability services for salmon in order to prevent escapees with no known origin. The tracking services currently being developed are based on genotyping of all male fish used for breeding and further element analyses to distinguish between fish with the same genetic origins.