Grieg Seafood Rogaland, a subsidiary of salmon farming giant Grieg Seafood, has entered into partnership with Fishglobe for a 30,000-cubic-meter closed-containment fish farm.

Through their partner company Next Seafood, the companies will take over two awarded development licenses, extending a pilot project for farming post-smolt in two small globes.

"We will reduce our footprint, improve fish welfare and grow sustainably," said Regional Director of Grieg Seafood Rogaland Nina Willumsen Grieg. "We have worked a lot on this, both by improving traditional farming and using new technology."

The first step will see Next Seafood develop a detailed plan, with a decision on construction set to be made during 2022.

Grieg Seafoods total harvest volume for the fourth quarter of 2021 was approximately 23,700 metric tons -- up 17 percent on the same period in 2020 -- resulting in a total volume of 75,600 metric tons for the year.

This excludes volumes from the Shetland operation, which was sold on Dec. 15.

Although an increase of 6 percent over 2020, originally the company was targeting 80,000 metric tons for 2021.

The group’s operations in Rogaland produced 7,300 metric tons during the quarter.