The Ocean Farming facility is a new and innovative design, developed to overcome the challenges of more traditional inshore fish farming facilities by being located in deeper waters, further from the coast. Image: Kongsberg Maritime.

Innovative ocean aquaculture project authorised

 The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries has approved Norway’s first development concession enabling Ocean Farming AS, supported by Kongsberg Maritime AS, to build the world’s first automated ‘exposed’ aquaculture facility. Situated outside of Trondheim, this innovative new facility introduces a paradigm shift in salmon farming now, and other fish types in the future and…

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Salmon worth more than a barrel of oil

One farmed Norwegian salmon weighing around 4.5 kilos was worth more than a barrel of Norway’s North Sea crude oil at the end of this week, after oil prices fell once again. No worries, claims one local economist: Norway’s economy, he claims, can tolerate oil prices down to zero, at least for a while. Harald Magnus Andreassen,…

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Salmon puberty gene discovered

Researchers have discovered that a specific gene plays a very important role in determining whether a salmon returns to spawn as a large or small salmon. They identified the gene and revealed its secret. The longer a salmon is at sea before maturing, the larger it becomes, and the more offspring it can have. Large…

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Genetically engineered salmon – good, or, not-so-good?

November 18, 2015… A day of remarkable progress, or a day that will live in infamy? Most agricultural scientists and biological scientists consider the announcement made this day to be a major milestone in the advance of applied technology to the race between global food production and human populations. However, an array of environmental interest groups and many of their…

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Post-smolt contract for Plastsveis AS

At the end of November Plastsveis AS, a subsidiary of AKVA group ASA, entered into a contract to build a new facility for post-smolt for Sisomar AS. The project is yet another indication that the trend in the aquaculture industry is towards moving greater parts of the growth stage to shore by increasing the size…

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New center to bring together experts on aquaculture

A virtual centre bringing together a vast amount of expertise on aquaculture related research has been launched at the University of Aberdeen. The International Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development (ICARD) has been established to bring together a group of 25 University of Aberdeen experts in environment and food security to conduct and promote aquaculture…

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Scottish salmon industry to gain from £2.9 million cleaner-­‐fish projects 

Research projects, initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, will increase the sustainable supply of cleaner-­‐fish for use in sea lice control in the Scottish salmon industry Cleaner-­‐fish projects offer a biological alternative to licensed medicines used in sea lice control A consortium of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have announced projects worth £2.9…

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Green Wave´s 3D ocean farming

Bren Smith, GreenWave Executive Director and owner of Thimble Island Oyster Co, pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman, his work has been profiled by CNN, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Television’s Future of Food series, and the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographicand The Atlantic. Called a “visionary” by…

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4Deep inwater imaging receives $500,000 investment

HALIFAX, Nov. 20, 2015 – Halifax technology company 4Deep inwater imaging closed a $500,000 equity investment with BOSMA USA on November 13, 2015. Concurrent with this investment, the company secured product distribution through all of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. In addition, 4Deep and BOSMA will establish a mutual research and development venture based…

The Laukaa recirculating aquaculture testing and learning environment offers excellent opportunities for R&D on modern and environmentally friendly fish farming. Photo: Tapio Kiuru.

Aquaculture in Finland on the rise

Recirculating aquaculture is a fish farming method that continues to gain popularity all around the world. Right now, Finland has an excellent opportunity to become known as one of the main players in the field. Imports make up 85% of all the fish consumed in Finland. It is hoped that this figure is going to…

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Record survival of juvenile cod

Never has the survival of juvenile cod been as high at the food research institute Nofima. Systematic improvements in all aspects of management have made a difference. Nofima is conducting the national cod breeding programme, which has now been followed through three generations, in Norway. The time has been well-used also in optimising the production…

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Aquaculture Industry Voices Update

  The Aquaculture Communications Group´s “Aquaculture Industry Voices” project is a huge success based on the interest exhibited by the number of visitors to the project website and viewing of the nineteen videos posted to date. We still need your support to move the project forward. As of today, about 8,200 people in 126 countries…