Cermaq reports high global fish survival rates

Cermaq's survival rates for Atlantic salmon have improved over the past year in all regions Cermaq's survival rates for Atlantic salmon have improved over the past year in all regions

Cermaq has released its latest fish survival rates which indicate better levels than last year, especially for Atlantic salmon.

The company has published quarterly sustainability results on key indicators related to fish health, environmental and social topics since the beginning of 2016. The latest survival rates for Atlantic salmon, measured as a rolling 12 months rate, have improved over the past year in all regions.

“We believe a company which openly reports its results also has a better overview of risk and opportunities, a stronger basis for dialogue with stakeholders and a better ability to actually make progress on material topics,” said Wenche Grønbrekk, head of sustainability and risk, back in August.

In the last quarter, Atlantic salmon survival rates in Norway improved from 94% to 96%, in Canada from 91% to 94% and in Chile from 92% to 94%, compared with the same quarter last year.

Strong performance

At the same time, the use of antibiotics in Chile and Canada was significantly reduced for the fish harvested in this quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Cermaq Norway normally has no use of antibiotics, but in autumn 2015 had to use antibiotics in one pen harvested this quarter.

During this quarter, Chile experienced one unfortunate escape incident where 207,000 fish escaped in a major storm. There were no escapes in Canada or Norway.

Cemaq’s OHS performance remains strong, with a global absence rate at 2%, spanning from 1.7% in Chile to 3.9% in Norway.

Average annual mortality in Cermaq’s global operations spans from 4% to 6%. By comparison, 6% is the same level as the annual mortality in Norwegian lamb production.

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