One important tool in the Group’s quality and environmental efforts is certification according to international standards.
Lerøy Seafood Group has been involved in the development of the ASC-standard since 2004. In 2013, Lerøy Seafood Group was the first company worldwide to be certified according to the ASC standard. ASC-certification guarantee that our aquaculture operations are conducted in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
The main principles in the ASC standard are:
Lerøy has chosen to certify its sites in line with the demand from the market for certified fish. Moreover, all sites operate in accordance with the requirements that apply in the ASC-standard.
The aim is to continue the certification process according to the ASC standard.
In 2020, 71% of our biomass in two of our three farming companies was ASC certified.
GlobalG.A.P. is a standard for environmental conditions covering the Group’s production activities and the employees’ working environment. The standard covers the production process from roe stage to fish slaughter.
The main principles in the GLOBALG.A.P. standard are:
Number of production licenses
|Lerøy Vest and Sjøtroll Havbruk||Lerøy Vest and Sjøtroll Havbruk||Lerøy Midt||Lerøy Midt||Lerøy Aurora||Lerøy Aurora||Total Group||Total Group|
|Salmon and trout licences||Number||Volume (GWT)||Number||Volume (GWT)||Number||Volume (GWT)||Number||Volume (GWT)|
|Slaughter cage licences||1||780||1||780||2||1,800||5||4,140|
|R&D licences 1)||3||2,340||1||780||4||3,120|
|Green farming licences||1||780||1||780|
|Teaching licences 2)||1||780||1||780||1||390||3||1,950|
|Parent fish licences 3)||2||1,560||2||1,560||1||780||5||3,900|
|Total number and volume||63||48,693||61||47,557||31||30,032||156||127,062|
1) The R&D licences are time-limited with a duration of three years,
from time of project start. The licences have zero purchase price,
and therefore no depreciation. The R&D licence allocated to Lerøy
Aurora in the table above legally belongs to Akvaplan Niva (third
party), but is operated by Lerøy Aurora. The 3 R&D licences allocated
to Lerøy Midt in the table above is attached to a specific project that
ended in March 2021, and is therefore expiered from April 2021.
2) The teaching licences are considered time-limited with a
duration of 10 years. The licences have zero purchase price, and
therefore no depreciation. The teaching licence allocated to Lerøy
Aurora in the table above legally belongs to Troms- og Finnmark
Fylkeskommune (third party), but is operated by Lerøy Aurora.
3) The parent fish licence allocated on Lerøy Aurora in the table
above legally belongs to Lerøy Midt AS (group company), but is
operated by Lerøy Aurora.
For a more detailed explanation of why farming licences are
deemed to have an indefinite useful life and are therefore not
subject to amortisation, please see item (X) in the note on
Innovation through special licenses
Lerøy Seafood Group operates several special production sites/licenses to assure innovation regarding sustainability.
Minimize our negative impact on marine ecosystems, support its recovery and help secure biodiversity.
All activities will have a varying level of impact on the environment. The Group's goal is to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations. We only fish species from fish stocks that are appropriately managed, and we constantly strive to find working methods and equipment with minimal footprint.
Our aim is to avoid harmful impacts on species caused by intervention in the natural environment in fjord systems, including sedimentation/seabed’s.
Main goal: To be able to leave the area where we have our business in the same condition as it was before we started our production.
Copper is a naturally occurring chemical element which can be toxic at high levels in the marine environment. Nets are treated with antifouling agents containing copper. However, cleaning of nets is necessary to ensure good water quality for the farmed fish. Lerøy Seafood Group uses low-pressure underwater washers to minimise the risk of copper flaking off.
Projects have been implemented to measure the amount of copper emissions for each wash. Depending on the results, Lerøy Seafood Group will explore alternative methods for keeping the nets clean. At sites where elevated copper amounts have been detected in the sediments, the Group has started to use antifouling agents without copper, or has changed the nets as an alternative to in-situ cleaning.
In addition to cleaning in-situ, all nets are cleaned at onshore sites after each production period. Onshore cleaning sites have zero copper emissions, as required by Norwegian legislation.
Copper impregnation has a positive effect on sea lice and is used as there are currently no adequate alternatives. The Group is actively working with suppliers to develop an alternative to replace copper.
Main goal: Replace antifouling agents that contain copper
As a strategy to minimize infection pressure and environmental impact, all sites are fallowed and washed/disinfected every two years. In all regions where the Group has operations, fallowing and stocking periods are coordinated in zones, defined by the The Norwegian Food Safety Authority, NFSA and companies in each Area Based Management, ABM scheme.
Every site in a defined coordinated area is fallowed every second year for at least two months. Within each area-based management area, there is at least a one-month coordinated fallowing period every second year.
In 2020, every marine site was fallowed for more than four months (138 days) on average for the Group.
Main goal: Average fallowing per location: Minimum 60 days
Fallowed days in average per site
|Year||Lerøy Aurora||Lerøy Midt||Lerøy Sjøtroll||Total|