We in Nesfossen Smolt have the greatest sympathy with the people of Ukraine in the terrible situation they are in.
We comply with the authorities’ sanctions and recommendations that preclude individual companies or employees from introducing their own sanctions. We make continuous risk assessments to ensure that we follow these.
Nesfossen Smolt has for several years delivered salmon smolt to Russia. We have entered into a legally binding contract long before the war started with companies that are not sanctioned, and the fish that is delivered is produced according to the customer’s requirements. Breaking the contract can quickly lead to liability, killing of fish and loss of jobs at Nesfossen.
The World Food Program has worked hard to ensure that food is not used as a weapon in war.
At Nesfossen Smolt, we produce seafood, and we are proud of that. Our ten employees produce about three to four million salmon smolts annually. When these are ready for slaughter, they will amount to about 15,000 tonnes of salmon, or around 60 million meals. The current situation is challenging in many ways, also ethically. After a thorough assessment, our conclusion is that our most important contribution now is to produce food, rather than destroy it. Maintain jobs, rather than shut down. And to comply with sanctions, rather than introducing our own.
Nesfossen Smolt has not entered into new contracts with customers in Russia since the war began. Nor will we do so as long as the war is going on.
To show our support for the Ukrainian people in this challenging situation, we at Nesfossen have chosen to support the Red Cross’ work in support of Ukraine.