We farm our fish in some of the most beautiful places in the world. The mix of cold, clear ocean waters and quiet isolation is what makes our fish so healthy, happy and delicious. Maintaining this environment is critical to maintaining our business operations. We work hard to protect and enhance our surroundings, including the fish and animals who live in it.
One of our company values is long-term vision. We rely on healthy, thriving oceans and an abundant marine ecosystem to produce our healthy salmon. If the oceans suffer, our business, the people we provide food for and the livelihood of our employees will suffer. Ecosystem integrity and access to marine resources are necessary for us to grow our salmon and provide the world with healthy, fresh and nutritious salmon.
Salmon farming has one of the smallest carbon footprints of all protein farming methods, and it also one of the most sustainable due to lower requirements for energy, arable land bases, efficient feed conversion rates and minimal fresh water requirements. Moving forward, salmon farming will have a significant role to play on proving future generations with a clean, healthy and sustainable protein source.
Environmental protection and restoration
We work through partnerships with local associations and groups, including many First Nations communities and organizations, to support ocean clean-up projects, shoreline and intertidal cleanup and restoration, and provide support for wild salmon through habitat restoration and hatchery enhancement projects.
Careful attention to ecosystems
We are very aware of the environment and ecosystems in a region and work to ensure we are not having negative impacts on an area or a population within the ecosystem. For instance, the majority of our current production is based off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, near Tofino, BC. This region has been deemed a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We farm in a manner that is respectful of the wild salmon populations, and sensitive to the needs and balance of the natural ecosystems.
Partners in mitigating global challenges
As a global organization, we are aware of the challenges being faced around the world from climate change, ocean debris and micro-plastics, declining natural fish stocks, and loss of arable lands for traditional protein farming. Cermaq is proud to have been one of the first organizations to join the United Nations Action Platform of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Sustainable Ocean Business. This is how we support the UN SDGs.
The United Nations has stated that a profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed to nourish the current estimated 765 million hungry people around the world, with an additional two billion hungry people worldwide by 2050. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated during the 2018 Aquavision conference, “Fish farming is central to being able to cope with climate change, ensure social responsibility, and meet sustainability goals while reducing environmental impact.” This is the role aquaculture is predicted to play by 2050.