Nor­way

Go­ing for growth

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This sum­mer’s Aqua Nor ex­hi­bi­tion in Trond­heim shines a spot­light on Nor­we­gian aqua­cul­ture – not that fish farm­ing in the coun­try is ever re­ally in the shad­ows. The sec­tor was val­ued at NOK 43.6 bil­lion last year, with pro­duc­tion of 1.35 mil­lion tonnes, of which 1.27 mil­lion tonnes was salmon, ac­cord­ing to Sta­tis­tics Nor­way. Around 6,350 peo­ple were em­ployed in aqua­cul­ture in the coun­try in 2014.

Nor­way thinks big where the in­dus­try is con­cerned, and pre­dicts a five-fold in­crease in vol­ume and an eight-fold rise in value by 2050.

The au­thor­i­ties and the in­dus­try are work­ing to­gether to bring this vi­sion to re­al­ity, said Fish­eries Min­is­ter Elis­a­beth As­paker re­cently, as she opened another one of the coun­try’s Cen­tres for Re­search-Based In­no­va­tion (see page 30).

The goal of this re­search drive is to strengthen com­pa­nies’ ca­pac­ity for in­no­va­tion, and nowhere is this more ev­i­dent than in aqua­cul­ture.

The lat­est cen­tre, set up with NOK 200 mil­lion, is based at Nofima in Sun­ndal­sora, and at the end of May it em­barked on its work, in­ves­ti­gat­ing closed-con­tain­ment sys­tems for salmon.

Else­where, Nor­we­gian sci­en­tists and engi- neers are en­gaged in ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial for farm­ing fur­ther offshore (see page 38), and in some ex­cit­ing projects are trans­fer­ring oil tech­nol­ogy to aqua­cul­ture. It is highly likely that it will be Nor­way that be­comes the first coun­try to com­mer­cially farm salmon in the open sea.

De­vel­op­ment on the scale seen in Nor­way would not have been pos­si­ble with­out fund­ing, and Nor­we­gian fish farm­ing pi­o­neers have been for­tu­nate to have had the sup­port of the DNB bank over the years. DNB’s Anne Hvis­ten­dahl, who has been in­volved in aqua­cul­ture for 20 years, talked to Fish Farmer about the ups and downs in the in­dus­try, and her con­fi­dence in its fu­ture growth.

Along with about 500 ex­hibitors at this year’s Aqua Nor, lead­ing fig­ures within the in­dus­try will be ad­dress­ing is­sues such as train­ing, de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, at sev­eral sem­i­nars to be held through­out the week.

One sub­ject in par­tic­u­lar – ‘Is the Nor­we­gian ap­proach to aqua­cul­ture rel­e­vant in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries?’ – should at­tract at­ten­tion. For what­ever the prob­lems fac­ing this na­tion’s fish farm­ers at present, theirs is the kind of suc­cess story that the rest of the world would like to repli­cate.

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