Our Impact

R&D activity

R&D is inherent to delivering on our strategy and targets, such as improvements in fish welfare, sustainability, cost control and product quality.

Through our research and development (R&D) efforts, we seek knowledge to develop and strengthen our processes, operations, products as well as utilize technologies and solutions available in the market.

In most of our projects we team up with research institutions, like universities and research institutes, as well as industrial partners. The scope of the projects varies from extensive strategic research programs with many different collaborating entrants, to limited improvement projects with direct impact on our farming operations.

Currently, our product portfolio consists of about seventy projects within our focus areas. Below are some examples:

Climefish

Climefish is a research project funded by the EU, aiming to understand how climate change will impact aquaculture. The overall goal is to ensure that the increase in seafood production comes from areas and species with potential for sustainable growth, given the expected climate risk and developments.

Grieg’s participation in ClimeFish brings hands on experience and expertise from both the Southern and the Northern part of Norway. These regions will be differently affected by climate changes; e.g. the South may be particularly exposed increased seawater temperatures because of the already high summer temperatures in that region. Together with Grieg, ClimeFish will deliver a forecasting model that will simulate and analyze changes related to climate changes in Norway as well as assist the industry to adapt accordingly.

Learn more: https://climefish.eu/grieg-seafood-asa/

CtrAQUA

CtrAQUA is a Centre for Research-based Innovation appointed by the Research Council Norway. CtrlAQUA's main goal is to develop technological and biological innovations that will make closed facilities a reliable and economically viable technology. The main research focus is the strategic parts of the farmed salmon production cycle, such as the post-smolt stage.Nofima is the host for the center and among other scientific partners are University of Bergen, NTNU, Freshwater Institute (USA) and University of Gothenburg.Grieg Seafood is part of this strong consortium together with the other major salmon farming industrial players in Norway.

Learn more: https://nofima.no/prosjekt/ctrlaqua/

Complex Gill Disease Initiative

Over the last decade gill health and associated disease has been a growing challenge in salmon farming operations in both the Pacific and North Atlantic where Grieg Seafood operates. Complex gill disease is a multifactorial condition resulting from the interaction of environmental and husbandry conditions as well as infection by pathogens and parasites to create proliferative lesions, particularly during the summer and fall months. This project will validate biomarkers of healthy and compromised gills of Atlantic salmon and use these to develop an early warning system for the development of gill disease on Atlantic salmon production sites across Canada. The resulting genomics-enabled tools for fish health will guide the management and intervention strategies for complex gill disease in Atlantic salmon. Project lead is University of Prince Edward Island, other research institutions are Memorial University and University of British Columbia. The founding bodies are Genome Atlantic and Genome British Columbia. Grieg Seafood Canada BC, Cargill and Cermacq Canada are the industrial partners in the consortium.

Learn more: https://genomeatlantic.ca/

ILA-SAFE

Together with the other salmon producing companies in Finnmark, Grieg Seafood is a partner in the ILA-SAFE project. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is project lead and the Institute of Marine Research is another scientific partner. The project started in January 2021 and runs until June 2024. The two main objectives of the project are to increase the knowledge base on prevalence of the non-pathogenic ISA variant HPR0 in hatcheries and map out factors that initiates mutations to the virus into the pathogen variant of ISA virus; HPR-del. Based on available information, next phase of the project aims to implement biosecurity measures in the smolt production to lower the risk for future incidences of clinical ISA.

Learn more:https://www.fhf.no/prosjekter/prosjektbasen/901674/

SeaLice Control (LuseKontroll)

The overall objective of the project is to provide knowledge for improved empirical based strategies for controlling sea lice. By analysing datasets on sea lice levels, effect of treatments and integrated pest management tools, the researchers aim to identify and evaluate effect of measures against salmon lice on site level and in zones.Additionally, a model for sea lice development will be developed based on statistical analysis of field data. Grieg Seafood provides data sets from our farming operations in Rogaland and Finnmark, in addition to sharing our experience on operational fish health by participation in the project reference group. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute runs the project together with the Norwegian Computing Center. The project period is from 2020 to 2023.

Learn more: https://www.fhf.no/prosjekter/prosjektbasen/901650/Modelling transmission of infectious diseases in aquaculture

POCOplast

Grieg Seafood is a partner in the POCOplast project initiated in 2019. POCOplast is short for: “Pathways to sustainable use of post-consumer plastics in aquaculture”. The aim of the project is to increase the value of recycled plastics, by utilizing used plastic from the aquaculture industry in new products, thereby reducing the demand for new plastic. This will also increase knowledge of recyclability in the supply chain and reduce the loss of the material value that many high-value plastics exhibits today. ​Scope of the project is 2020-2023, and project lead is SINTEF in collaboration with the other scientific partner NTNU. The consortium consist of a panel of members reflecting the value chain: Grieg Seafood , NCE Aquatech, Plasto,Empower, Norwegian Plastic Recycling (NOPREC), Flokk and the NGO Bellona.

Learn more: https://www.sintef.no/prosjekter/2020/pocoplast-pathways-to-sustainable-post-consumer-plastics-in-aquaculture-page/