Thursday, February 3, 2011

Norway launches new research effort to make aquaculture sustainable

A new aquaculture research & development (R&D) program developed by the Norwegian Research Council is to focus on the sustainability of Norway's vast fishing industry The Norwegian Research Council has announced a revised program of R&D in aquaculture, which puts the emphasis on ensuring that the industry is developed in a way that is sustainable. Pressing problems that need to be solved to ensure sustainability and allow the sector to grow include, sea lice infestations, discharges of pollution and escapes of production fish into the wild.

While Norway is currently the world’s leading producer and exporter of salmon and rainbow trout and an important global supplier of expertise, technology and equipment for aquaculture, the country accounts for only 1.7 percent of the total aquaculture production volume. Given this the vision of turning Norway into the world’s leading aquaculture nation, is ambitious.

The revised work program - Aquaculture – An Industry in Growth, is the result of a broad-based process involving industry players and the government. The Research Council says the inclusive, broad-based process leading up to the revised work program has helped to raise industry awareness and increase willingness to take responsibility for generating new knowledge. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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