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Harmonised Regional Management Plan Implemented

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - Grieg Seafood announced today that it is making in season production changes to its operations in Esperanza Inlet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, in order to implement a Harmonised Regional Management Plan for the area. Grieg has five farm sites in Esperanza Inlet.

Esperanza Inlet was scheduled to receive most of its smolt early this spring. It currently has a small contingent of fish that will be harvested early. These in-season changes to production will ready the Inlet for stocking in the fall, allowing the company to farm a single cohort of smolt throughout the inlet.

Managing Director Peter Gibson said, This means coordinated stocking plans for all farms within this operating region. By doing so Grieg Seafood expects to achieve even better production, fish health, and environmental management.

Mr Gibson states, This harmonised regional management plan (HRM) will optimise survival, allow us to coordinate any necessary treatments and ensure longer term success for the region. While this will shift our harvest times slightly we feel that this readjustment will significantly increase our ability to manage the region effectively. It is an approach that we have been considering for some time.

Grieg Seafood employs 130 people in British Columbia, producing fresh high quality salmon for people in many parts of the world including Canada, Europe and the USA.