All salmon farmers in the Faroe Islands are subject to legislation and regulation introduced in 2003 known as Faroese Veterinary Model. This tightened controls, and promoted voluntary segregation of farming sites and operations, improving fish health and welfare standards across the Faroes.
Among other measures, the new model introduced fallowing periods between each generation, immunisation and vaccination programs, restricted movement of equipment and fish, density limits, minimum distances between farms and hatcheries, and rules to fight and control sea-lice.
The model, combined with additional company efforts, not only reduced mortality rates from 18% to 6%, it also increased the harvesting weight of Faroese salmon by 20% between 1993 and 2010, decreased feed conversion rate by 2%, and improved productivity by over 40%, over the same period (source: www.avrik.fo).
It has provided good indicators for healthy salmon farming and in doing so created one of the most predictable fish production environments in the world.
Bakkafrost is also subject to strict regulation from the environment agency to ensure we operate within national limits.