Our impact

Co-existence with wildlife

Farms are often located in areas abundant with birdlife and marine mammals. As a responsible salmon farming company, we do what we can to avoid conflicts with wild animals.

We try to arrange operations and facilities in a way that minimize our impact on local wild life. Where relevant, we use equipment that minimizes the risk of injury to wild life, such as strong nets or anti-predator equipment. For example, we use protection on the pens to prevent marine mammals from injury if they come into contact with the farm, and we have bird net covers on the pens. We are also planning to invest in more equipment that is not harmful to wild animals.

In 2019, the infamous whale Hvaldimir visited us at the Vinnalandet farm in Hammerfest in Finnmark. The tame whale is believed to come from Russia. Photo: Paul Nilsen

We generally only euthanize animals that are injured, and choose alternative ways to protect farms against intruders. Potential conflicts with wild animals are evaluated when we consider new sites. We try to avoid using Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs), because some research has found that they impact the navigation systems of certain marine mammals.

We are not content with reporting any dead birds, and will continue to work on measures to avoid any dead animals. The ASC standard sets the level.
Watch the video about Gus the blue heron, who was found injured at our Barnes Bay farm in British Columbia.