The Nordic Research and Innovation Programme for Sustainable Aquaculture

The Nordic Research and Innovation Programme for Sustainable Aquaculture

Aquaculture is a growing global business, which faces many facets of sustainability challenges. The overarching aim of the Programme is to generate knowledge and solutions for sustainable land-based and marine salmonid aquaculture in the Nordic countries.

Objectives

The overarching aim of the Programme is to generate knowledge and solutions for sustainable land-based and marine salmonid aquaculture in the Nordic countries. The Programme also aims to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) perspectives in sustainable aquaculture within a Nordic context including diversity, inclusion, openness and transparency.  

Four crucial and inter-related areas of priority for a joint Nordic research and innovation programme in sustainable salmonid aquaculture are identified. 

1) Aquaculture microbiome systems  
2) Aquaculture feeding systems 
3) Biotechnological advances 
4) Aquaculture "big data" monitoring and control systems. 

Background

Aquaculture is a growing global business, which faces many facets of sustainability challenges, including careful management of effluents and waste, disease-related losses, the effect on greenhouse gas emission, and social acceptance.

As aquaculture gains an increasing global market, more light will be shed on its effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. Aquaculture is contributing to the GHG load directly via the production of fish and crustaceans and indirectly via production, processing and logistics of particularly feed, but also end-products and waste. However, aquaculture offers a degree of climate resilience and elasticity, as it is mostly based on organisms feeding in the low end the food chain and in some cases even assist in carbon sequestration (seaweed, molluscs).

Social acceptance of aquaculture is not a given, albeit contributing to local growth and employment. Local communities, consumers and NGOs all question aquaculture production and the public sector need to stimulate aquaculture in new ways, adapting flexible regulation to future needs and requirements.

Programme committee

  • Kjell Maroni (chair)
  • Petur Bjarnason, R&D Fund of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Iceland
  • Orian Bondestam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland
  • Jan Mousing, Innovation Fund Denmark
  • Kjell Emil Naas, the Research Council of Norway
  • Annika Sølvara, Research Council Faroe Islands (observer)
  • Johanna von Schaik Dernfark, the Swedish Research Council Formas

Funding

The total programme budget is approximately 72 million NOK.

 

Contact person
Kyösti Lempa - Senior Adviser
Contact person Kyösti Lempa
Senior Adviser
Work +47 948 86 536
Marianne Aastebøl Minge - Chief Operating Officer
Contact person Marianne Aastebøl Minge
Chief Operating Officer
Work +47 936 02 527