Our Wholesale Salmon Sustainability Practices
Norway’s Atlantic salmon farming industry is highly regulated to ensure it is environmentally responsible and sustainable. After all, fresh salmon farmers know the key to their success is a clean, healthy environment for their fish. The Norwegian government recognizes that salmon farming has become the economic lifeline for many coastal communities, where it is a welcome source of jobs and economic growth. Since the industry first developed in the 1980s, regulators have limited its growth to ensure that a healthy environment, rather than market demand, be the most important factor in determining the industry’s growth. Furthermore, our parnters in Norway are BAP Certifieid, which stands for Best Agricultural Practices.
Here are some of the regulatory measures enacted to ensure the sustainability of Norway’s salmon-farming industry:
- Limit the allowable biomass in salmon farming areas and monitor environmental impacts to ensure minimal impact.
- Prevent discharges of environmentally harmful chemicals from washing and cleaning of nets.
- Encourage the use of wrasse to control sea lice in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Continue to fund research to further reduce the usage of antibiotics.
- Require that fish meal and fish oil used in salmon feed come from fully traceable, sustainable sources.
- Continue to work with industry and support research to further reduce the marine components in fish feed.
For more information on the sustainability of the Norwegian farmed salmon industry click here