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Development and sustainability in the seafood industry

Publisert 29. June 2021

The first physical meeting in # actionnownow14 was finally held in Bodø ahead of the home game against Molde on 24 June.

Last week, Glimt gathered 12 of the 17 participants in the sustainability network # actionnow14 for a gathering in Bodø. This was the first physical meeting for the seafood companies who are working together and do their part to ensure that we achieve the main and sub-goals in sustainability goal 14, Life in the ocean.

– First and foremost, it was very nice to finally be able to meet physically again. The actual gathering was held at Scandic Havet, before dinner was served at the Roast restaurant on the 17th floor. Then the Glimt bus transported the participants up to Aspmyra, where they got to see Glimt – Molde from their own grandstand, Havet. Unfortunately, there was a loss in the match, but we both hope and believe that the overall experience was good for the seafood players, says Tom Steffensen, head of marketing and sales at FK Bodø/Glimt.

BDO, as the organizer of the # actionnow14 meeting, had set up an exciting program, which both challenged and inspired the participants.

– Good presentations were held and there was a nice dialogue between the participants. First out was Bellona, ​​and their thoughts on sustainable aquaculture. Bellona is already working closely with players in the aquaculture industry to find solutions, primarily to reduce the climate footprint, reduce the environmental impact and for increased and new sea alternatives to today’s fish feed, which largely comes from land-based industry. Bellona itself works on the basis of a vision of a 55 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas footprint from Norwegian aquaculture compared with the figures in 2020, says Steffensen.

The participants in the network also gave presentations. Henrik Horjen from Sjømat Norge (The Norwegian Seafood Federation) could, among other things, talk about ten times lower greenhouse gas emissions for salmon, and even lower for whitefish – compared to beef. Hans Johansen from Nordkontakt emphasized the importance of data capture from production in the aquaculture industry, and not least that companies must own the data about their company themselves. Not least, he talked about the importance of utilizing the data you get from production to constantly improve. Lars Fredrik Martinussen from Nordlaks said, among other things, that the word sustainability has taken on a completely different meaning now than it had when he was a recent graduate in 2010.

– He described salmon production as an efficient production with good input factors, which is getting better and better. To reduce emissions from the aquaculture industry, he listed pre-efficiency and efficient pre-utilization, the actual composition of the feed, several by-products where the whole fish is utilized, transport methods and more renewable energy, says Steffensen.

Martinussen also addressed the need for filling stations for LNG in Nordland, where hydrogen and all-electric boats are already being talked about. The technology for the use of hydrogen and electricity exists, but the challenges are primarily to find around education and competence to handle it. This was also raised by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Ingelin Noresjø, who participated in large parts of the gathering.

– In addition to answering questions, the State Secretary was able to say that in the period 2022 – 2033, NOK 1,200 billion will be spent on transport in Norway through the National Transport Plan. She could also say that we in Nordland are among the clear winners in the coming period, in terms of improvements and renewal of transport routes. Last but not least, it was also fun to hear that the Secretary of State, who actually comes from Fauske, proudly referred to himself as “Bodø-væring (Bodø native)” in Glimt’s big golden season 2020, Steffensen concludes.