GRIEG SEAFOOD STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH AQUAGEN
Grieg Seafood strategic partnership with AquaGen – Grieg Seafood has entered into a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with the breeding company AquaGen. Grieg Seafood Rogaland will produce broodfish and eggs of AquaGen strain at its own facilities in Erfjord, Norway. The agreement also includes egg deliveries from AquaGen to the company’s production in Rogaland, Finnmark and Shetland.
The genetic material is a fundamental input factor in any food production, and an important success factor also in achieving a good salmon production. AquaGen selects salmon with good growth properties and high disease resistance, and was the first using advanced methodology in the selection. This gives a good match to Grieg Seafood’s focus on increased survival and improved production growth that will take the company towards a production of 100,000 tonnes by 2020, says Andreas Kvame, CEO of Grieg Seafood.
A media statement said that Grieg Seafood and AquaGen find each other compatible within key areas for further development of the salmon industry, such as profitable growth, environmental sustainability and digitization of the industry.
The statement added: “AquaGen can document significant progress for several key traits in breeding work with crucial importance for sustainability and welfare. A strong commitment to the selection of lice resistance and disease resistance in the salmon will help ensure Grieg Seafood lice control and good survival in the production. Both parties strongly believe in broodfish production in sea as a means of achieving strong selection pressures for growth and survival under the most relevant environmental conditions.”
The companies also share a common interest in making greater use of production data to better understand salmon biology and use this knowledge to further develop the production processes.
“We are looking forward to working closely with a future-looking producer like Grieg Seafood,” said Nina Santi, CEO of AquaGen.