Environmental responsibility

Gray heron

The Group owns 3 fish farms in Sweden and 6 fish farms in Finland, as well as two fish production facilities in Saaremaa in Estonia and in Renko in Finland. These facilities have an impact on the environment. As a company that operates sustainably we are aware of our global responsibility for natural resources and preservation of environment, which is why we attempt to keep the environmental impact of our activities at a minimum level and further reduce our ecological footprint by employing as cost-efficient resources as possible. According to the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act, fishing industry is an activity with a significant environmental impact. A possible impact of fish farms on nature is related to the emission of wastewater generated in farms and pollutants contained therein (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus) into seawater and lake water and, as a result, deterioration of water quality. Deterioration of water quality in turn may damage habitats or the living environment of birds and animals. Concentration and distribution of pollutants depends on the production technology that is used, on the quantity of fish feed and on sea currents, wind directions and other environmental factors. Developing fishing industry requires a water abstraction permit as an operating permit that is issued for a period of 7 to 10 years. We are actively reducing our environmental impact under the strict supervision of environmental authorities. We ensure observance of all necessary measures for maximum reduction of the negative environmental impact in all main stages of fish production and processing in our sites. In addition, we contribute by deploying ecological technologies in our fish farms and production facilities. In our investments we observe the principles of the corresponding BAT (Best Available Technic) method. In 2015, investments in the equipment of Finnish and Swedish fish farms totalled 0.4 million euros. For instance, we invested in the wastewater treatment plant of the slaughterhouse of our fish farm in Finland because it had problems with nitrogen. After increasing the capacity of the treatment plant, the cleaning efficiency of all emissions is 96-100%. In connection with an export project of fish roe to Japan we needed more fresh water for processing the fish roe that is now produced with the reverse osmosis method from seawater in order to reduce the burden on the local borewell. In September 2014, on the basis of the decision made by Vaasa Higher Civil Court, the consolidation resolutions of fish farming permits entered into force, as a result of which the number of fish farms was reduced from ten to six. It is expected to improve the Company’s efficiency and reduce the burden on the environment. As an international fish producer, the Group continues to reduce the influence of its activities on the environment.