If farmed Atlantic salmon escape, there is a risk that they mix with wild salmon and affect the gene pool. We recognise that it is our responsibility to minimize the impact that farmed salmon has on wild salmon populations, and that’s why we have a zero-tolerance approach regarding escapes for all our farms in all our regions.
A proactive approach to preventing escapes
To minimise and control the risk of escapes we conduct regular inspections of our vessels, moorings and facilities to ensure they meet our high standards. If faults are identified, then we move quickly to fix them. We also use divers and/or Remote Operate Vehicles (ROVs) before, during and after fish transfers or treatments.
Our employees maintain high standards and attend courses on escape prevention every 3-5 years. New employees go through strict risk and procedural training and are not authorised to carry out work operations alone until they have completed all the necessary training to a satisfactory standard.
Committed to doing the right thing
We take our responsibilities to protect wild salmon populations very seriously. If fish do escape our farms, we always do the right thing and notify the relevant authorities and do our best to recapture them. Grieg Seafood Shetland acknowledges that more needs to be done to prevent farmed salmon escapes across the sector. We are always open and honest about any escape incidents we experience and publish data annually. We are always re-evaluating our methods to ensure we follow the best possible practices and implement the most suitable technology to prevent our farmed salmon from escaping.