Royal Greenland manages the resources we have access to and on which our future depends in a sustainable way.
Royal Greenland engages in co-operation at various levels in order to ensure long-term sustainability for the fisheries in the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean – this goes for both sustainable fishery as well as environment.
Fish and shellfish are the most important natural resource for Greenland, therefore we must fish while respecting the sustainability of the stocks and their future balance. In order to achieve this, listening to scientific advice and research, fishermen’s observations and the experience of small and large scale fishing fleets is important. Only through an open dialogue with stakeholders and decision makers we can make the best of the marine resources and secure sustainability.
Focus on sustainable fishing and resource utilization
The work to sustainably develop stocks in our own fisheries is achieved by participating in projects, which enhance the scientific knowledge and fishing methods. Fish stocks can be sustainable without being certified, but MSC certification is a third party sustainability standard, which commits to stock management and to making broader environmental efforts.
To optimise yields in both the fishing and production, requires experimental projects with new fishing equipment, the commercialisation of by-products and exploring new technological possibilities.
In 2017, the total utilization of all species landed at Royal Greenland’s factories in Greenland was 65%. An example of resources utilisation is turning shrimp shells into shrimp meal at our Ilulissat factory. For Greenland turbot the utilisation in 2017 was 94 % - as only skin and bones were discarded when producing e.g. fillets. Remarkably, in some Greenlandic villages skin and bones are used for animal feed.
It is an on-going process to utilise as much by-product as possible from the primary production. Our production and innovation team are continuously exploring new opportunities and Royal Greenland is engaged in a number of academic research projects on the subject.
Royal Greenland focuses on:
- Cooperating with scientific institutes to increase our knowledge about fish and shellfish
- Promoting the sustainability of Greenland fish and shellfish
- Maintaining MSC certification of shrimp and lumpfish
- Achieving MSC certification of the key species Greenland turbot and cod in Greenland
- Utilising the by-products from the primary production of fish and shellfish.