Escape control


Escapes rank high on our stakeholders´ agenda, due to the possibility of negative influences on the wild fish stock, especially wild salmon and trout. Escape may harm the industry’s reputation and influence the external conditions for future growth, in addition to financially harming the company.


We have zero tolerance for escapes from our facilities, and we work continuously to prevent escapes. In order to facilitate this work, we will ensure high technical standards on our locations though long-term investments and necessary resources. On the sites, we will continue our ongoing effort to improve routines and build the relevant competencies and capacities.


The Norwegian authorities have established strict demands for producers regarding escape prevention. We continuously work to meet these demands, which are furtherly reinforced by the GLOBALG.A.P. and ASC standards. Regular inspections are carried out to control compliance between vessels, moorings and facilities and relevant regulations. Additional inspections are also carried out after periods of harsh weather.

We strive to make sure that employees attend courses on escaping once every two years, at minimum. New employees also receive risk and procedural training with Operational Managers within their first week, and do not carry out work operations alone until they acquire necessary expertise.

Our continuous efforts to prevent escapes have yielded positive results and falling escape figures. Nevertheless, we unfortunately registered three events of escape in 2016. One in Finnmark, two in Shetland, see Chart 7. All the three events of escape occurred due to routine failure at hired wellboats. It should not happen, hence the episodes underwent evaluation, and procedures have been tightened.


Our goal is zero occurrences of escaped fish. An important means to achieve this is to continuously ensure the NYTEK standard at our facilities. In the future we will continue to focus on preventative projects, and as part of this we will ensure a systematic approach to report near occurrences as well as actual occurrences. As with other focus areas we will work to learn from internal and external best practice and make sure that we make the necessary investments. Particular focus for 2017 will be Finnmark, where we apply reinforced standards for escape prevention due to the implementation of eight green licenses.

Chart 7: escape incidents