Knowledge for a sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, including land-based systems and in exposed areas.


NTNU Oceans Pilot on Aquaculture - Environmental interactions

The pilot study is a multidisciplinary and highly innovative research programme where researchers and PhD students collaborate to increase the knowledge base of interactions between aquaculture and the marine environment. It is initiated by NTNU Oceans. 

Aquaculture industry and learning

Learning cultures are explored along three dimensions, in past and present learning by interest and experience, as workplace learning and innovation and as initiatives for participation and inclusion in work life practices. An identification of actions, mechanisms and structures promoting learning cultures in the aquaculture industry will provide insights in rationalities for valuing and merging experience and knowledge and reflect characteristics and dynamics in the knowledge society learning cultures. These insights will create a knowledge base for reflection and choice for actors in the aquaculture industry concerning challenges of knowledge, leadership and education and learning. The knowledge will be shared with relevant actors through an active dialogue. Contact: Prof. Jorun Stenøien


AQUAEXCEL (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELence in European fish research) is a EU-funded project (2015-2020) providing the aquaculture research community with a platform of top class research infrastructures. NTNU offers access to the CodTech lab, an advanced cultivation hatchery unit, and the Marine Cybernetics lab, designed for tests on sea cages or their components. Send in your application! See Call for proposals for Transnational Access 

Circular Ocean

Circular Ocean is a EC supported project (2016-2018) seeking to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the opportunities of discarded fishing nets in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region, and hence put the increasing levels of marine litter to a stop. Through transnational collaboration and eco-innovation Circular Ocean will develop, share and test new sustainable solutions to incentivise the elimination, collection and, reprocessing of discarded fishing nets and assist the movement towards a more circular economy.

Increased shelf life of seafood

The project «Innovative technological solutions for increased shelf life of processed seafood» (2015-2018) will develop new combinations of processing technologies for the production of safe and ready-to-eat seafood products.


The project will target successful and predictable production of high quality biomass, enabling to take key steps towards a cost-effective industrial cultivation of macroalgae. Its primary objective is to establish an interdisciplinary knowledge platform on fundamental production biology and technology for cultivation, over a wide range of climatic, ecological and physical regimes. It also aims to develop generic models and simulation tools for farm systems and biomass production. MACROSEA is funded by the Research Council of Norway (2016-2019).


The project "Water treatment technology for microbial stabilization in landbased aquaculture systems" pursues the concept of establishing and maintaining stable microbial systems, by upscaling and optimisation of water treatment technology for both flow-through systems as recirculating aquaculture systems. The paradigm favouring a stable and elevated bacterial abundance is foreseen to reduce fish mortality and to reduce water treatment costs. The project is coordinated by NTNU and runs until 2018. It is funded through the COFASP ERA-Net. 


Marine microorganisms are a natural source of essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The project "MIcrobially produced Raw materials for Aquafeed" aims to establish new knowledge on the possibility of using biotechnological production systems for realization of bacteria and photosynthetic microalgae as sustainable resource for protein and EPA/DHA in salmon feed.


The ocean is an important food source. Technological knowledge and expertise throughout the food chain are necessary to successfully transform these recources into valuable products on the market. OPTIMAT is a cross-disciplinary NTNU programme looking at technology and product quality; food safety and risk management; and production efficiency.


The world’s oceans have the largest unlocked potential for meeting the increasing demands for food and feed resources. PROMAC will investigate three different species of seaweeds as potential novel raw materials for human food and domestic animal feed applications. The project on " Energy efficient PROcessing of MACroalgae in blue-green value chains" is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and runs until 2018.

Regional collaboration Bridgehead Aquaculture 

Through regional cooperation and interaction at all levels, NTNU and the secondary school at Frøya have the ambition to develop a research-based aquaculture sector. This is achieved through a regional seafood business platform, facilitating student and research projects in collaboration with aquaculture companies, student excursions and bi-annual knowledge exchange conferences.


SISVI is a competence project funded by industry partners and the Norwegian Research Council. The project focuses on industry needs in order to enhance competitiveness, by implementing sustainable business practices. One of its case studies relates to the recycling of plastic components in the Norwegian fish farming industry. (2014-2018)

Taskforce Salmon Lice

This programme was established by NTNU and a group of aquaculture companies in Central Norway to combat the problem of salmon lice. Its aim is to obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms of salmon lice spreading in the environment. A group of 6 PhD candidates and their supervisors are using ecological, metabolic and genetic tracing methods of salmon lice in the interacting with their salmonid hosts. Some PhD positions are still available! Contact: Prof. Yngvar Olsen.

Knowledge areas

  • Aquaculture technology
  • Marine biology and biotechnology
  • Food security
  • Interactions with the environment
  • Fisheries
  • New species and bioresources