Wildlife Impact

Grieg Seafood Shetland understand that we operate in a natural environment and need to respect and protect the creatures who live there. We acknowledge that sea farms can sometimes bring humans into conflict with wildlife, that’s why we follow a non-lethal prevention and deterrence strategy. We take our responsibilities to protect biodiversity seriously. You can read more about our efforts here.

Grieg Seafood Shetland operates in areas rich in biodiversity, especially marine mammals and birdlife. We appreciate the incredible natural value these animals have, to both our ecosystem and our local communities. Every day we seek to ensure that our operations avoid conflict with wild animals and are sensitive to the needs of other species. In everything we do, we keep our commitments to protecting wildlife in mind so that we can continue to minimize our impact on the environment.

Non-Lethal Prevention and Deterrence

Natural predators of Atlantic salmon, such as seals, are sometimes attracted to our farms. We always try to deter and prevent this kind of conflict with wildlife before it arises. Wildlife impact evaluations are always conducted whenever we consider new sites so that we can plan ahead and avoid potential conflict with animals in their natural habitats. To keep our salmon and other species safe, we use equipment that minimises the risk of injury to wildlife and we prohibit weapons on our sites. We use bird covers to prevent birds from becoming trapped inside our pens, and we use protection on our pens to prevent contact-related injuries for marine mammals. We acknowledge that Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) could impact the behaviour of some marine mammals which is why we try to limit the use these devices. ADDs are used only when absolutely necessary.

Our Aim: Zero Wildlife Deaths

Grieg Seafood Shetland has recorded very low levels of dead birds and no deaths involving marine mammals since 2018. However, we believe that any deaths linked to our operations are regrettable and unacceptable. When wildlife is killed it is taken very seriously, and we always investigate and report it to the relevant authorities. We work closely with Marine Scotland and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to reduce our impact on wildlife, so that future generations can continue to enjoy our natural world to the fullest.

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