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Cermaq, is one of the world´s leading companies in farming of salmon and trout, with operations in Norway, Canada and Chile. In 2013 the farming business had sales of around NOK 5.2 billion, and a total harvest volume of 142,300 tonnes. Cermaq´s feed business unit EWOS was sold in 2013. In October 2014, Cermaq ASA became a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. The company has its headquarters in Oslo, Norway.

In October 2014, the acquisition of the firm was completed by Mitsubishi Corporation for $1.4 billion.

Cermaq produces Atlantic salmon, coho and trout. In Canada the operations are on Vancouver Island with offices located in Campbell River and Tofino. In Norway the company has operations in Nordland and Finnmark while the operations in Chile are around Puerto Montt. The total production of salmon was 142,300 tonnes in 2013. In addition Cermaq has minority ownership in grain wholesaler Norgrain (72,5%).

In the fjords of Norway, north of the Arctic Circle, the mountains plunge straight down into the water to meet seabeds where the cold water is constantly circulating. This combination of natural elements is extremely favorable for salmon farming, and that is why we chose this location for our Norwegian operations. In these wild, clear waters, Cermaq Norway raises Atlantic salmon (salmo salar) to be harvested after three years and sold mostly as whole fish.

We produce high quality salmon using the most natural, sustainable approach possible. The frigid waters above the Arctic Circle, when combined with the physical separation of our farms, give us a naturally optimised environment in which to raise our salmon.

We take extra care of our small fish to ensure they make the transition from freshwater to sea safely, where they will stay for up to two years. They are protected from predators with nets both in the water and overhead, and we use skirting outside the pens and cleaner fish (wrasse) within to help avoid sea lice outbreaks. To keep our fish as close to nature as possible, we avoid using medication to treat lice and disease as much as we can.

Fish health and welfare is a high priority for us, and we make sure each of our Norwegian salmon pens offer the fish plenty of room to swim and move. In fact, the fish themselves occupy a tiny 2-3% of the pen volume. The rest is clean, clear water.

Storms and bad weather are a part of life on the northern coasts of Norway, which can pose risks for both fish and staff. Safety training is paramount for our employees, who always work as a team, both with one another and with nature.

When it´s time to harvest, the welfare of the salmon is our first concern. We begin by gathering the salmon together in small area within the pen, and then the fish and large amounts of water are pumped into large tanks in a well boat. The fish swim around in the tanks while the boat is on its way to the processing plant and are closely supervised en route. Fish arriving at the processing plant are moved out of the tanks directly to the slaughtering line where they are sedated, stunned and slaughtered quickly and humanely.

Cermaq Norway has processing plants in Skutvik, Alsvåg and Hammerfest.

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