The environmental footprints of our vessels

In our company Halstensen Bekkjarvik, we make every effort to run a sustainable fishery. We keep updated on technology and innovation regarding design of the vessels, equipment, catching methods and tools. This helps us reduce our environmental footprint.

There are currently no genuine alternatives to oil and gas as fuel for our vessels. So far, we must make sure that we have as modern propulsion equipment as possible. Electric winches, conversion to triple trawls for better catch efficiency, replacement of main engine and renewal of vessels are steps Halstensen Bekkjarvik has taken to operate a more effective and cleaner fishery.

The practice of Granits fishery demands energy for catch, processing of fillet and by-products to fish- meal and -oil. The vessel is designed to take advantage of the residual heat from the main engine. In this way the fish is taken up efficiently and with a relatively low climate footprint.

Marine litter is a major problem for today’s environment. We participate in Fishing for Litter, a project by the Norwegian Environmental Agency and SALT Lofoten AS, where we take part in the clean-up of marine litter. We collect unwanted by-catch in trawls and other tools that do not belong in the ocean. Part of the waste is recycled and reused.

Management of resources

Norway is one of the best countries in the world within fisheries management, and our ocean-going fishing vessels are subject to strict regulations. The stock of the wild fish is renewable if the resource is utilized in a sustainable way.

Our vessels have the Catch Certificate for the imported wild fish, which EU demands. All catches are controlled and restricted according to established quotas based on scientific advice from the International Council for Exploration of the Sea, ICES.

Working- and living conditions

Halstensen Bekkjarvik wants to be a company which provides great working conditions for all employees. We provide a safe employment for the individual employee subject to Norwegian legislation and tariff agreements.
We believe it is important to give the youth an opportunity and we have therefore trainees onboard in our vessels. We hope this will contribute to recruiting young ones to the profession of fishery and to give young people the opportunity to live along our coast.

The documentation of our work in social sustainability is the ISM system and the certificate of working and living condition. (WFC/ ILO 188)

Healthy and tasty food

Most of our products are marked with the MSC- label. This is an international standard which ensures that the wild fish is caught in a sustainable way. We help to make sure there are enough fish left in the ocean and that the fish population and the ecosystems remains healthy and productive for the future.

Fish is an important part of a healthy nutrition. It contains large amounts of proteins, unsaturated fat and most importantly Omega-3. The consumption of food with unsaturated rather than saturated fats may help reduce the risk of severe heart diseases.

Social responsibility and a good local community

Halstensen Bekkjarvik want to be a responsible and serious participant in the industry and in the community. We will contribute to make Bekkjarvik a safe place to live and a good place to visit. Therefore, we invest in the local community, support the locals, and create workplaces. Bekkjarvik has focus on tourism, which seems to contribute positively to the stores, the restaurants and the others who are established around here.

We want to promote the local cultural history through storytelling and restoration of old buildings. We have, over the years, created an important co-operation with the Bekkjarvik commercial and tourist industry. Together, we believe that we are able to take good care of the local community we love.

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