Tech­nol­ogy ‘must drive sal­mon farm­ing

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TECH­NOL­OGY should be at the fore­front of any fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of Nor­way’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, a lead­ing re­search fig­ure has sug­gested.

Aina Val­land, director of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and so­cial con­tacts at the Nor­we­gian Seafood Fed­er­a­tion, said there was no rea­son why sal­mon farm­ing should not be ex­panded, pro­vided it was done in the right way.

Val­land, who is a civil en­gi­neer, said in a re­port to the fed­er­a­tion she was pleased that en­gi­neers were showing an in­creased in­ter­est in the sec­tor, but if the in­dus­try was to grow prop­erly it also needed in­vest­ment from the gov­ern­ment.

She cited the Ocean Space Cen­tre for techno- log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and bi­o­log­i­cal re­search as ex­am­ples of where state in­vest­ment could help. If used in the right way, tech­nol­ogy could dou­ble value cre­ation in the in­dus­try.

But pro­duc­tion costs also needed to be re­duced oth­er­wise sal­mon could not com­pete on price with meat prod­ucts, she ar­gued. ‘While one goal is to in­crease pro­duc­tion, another should be to ex­port Nor­we­gian aqua­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy to other coun­tries, so that they can also in­crease their food pro­duc­tion,’ she said.

Val­land also pointed out that the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print of aqua­cul­ture is con­sid­er­ably less than for the pro­duc­tion of lamb, chicken, cat­tle and pigs. It was also area-ef­fi­cient, with any im­pact on nat­u­ral ar­eas rev­ersible.

In an ear­lier re­port, two Nor­we­gian re­search groups, Sin­tef and the Nor­we­gian Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, dis­closed they were work­ing on ro­botic projects to trans­port fish from farms and to in­spect the un­der­wa­ter parts of sea farms.

Sal­mon farm­ing can be ex­panded

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