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Research projects and initiatives

Research projects and initiatives

NTNU Oceans Pilot on Aquaculture - environmental interactions.

The carrying capacity of fish production of Norwegian coastal waters is fundamental for how salmon aquaculture can develop, and the aquaculture interaction with the environment must form the basis for aquaculture management in Norway as well in Europe and on a global scale.

The pilot programme will increase the knowledge base of how aquaculture affects the environment and how the environment can affect aquaculture. This is important for the industry itself, but also for policy makers and management authorities at different levels.

AQUAEXCEL (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELence in European fish research) is a EU-funded project (2020 - 2025) providing the aquaculture research community with a platform of top class research infrastructures for transnational access. NTNU offers access to the CodTech larviculture lab; the Plankton lab (RAS lab); the Recirculation lab; Analytical labs (histology and biochemistry). AQUAEXCEL3.0 builds upon the success of the previous integrating activity projects AQUAEXCEL and AQUAEXCEL2020.

Brohode Havbruk 2050: Bridgehead Aquaculture 2050 (2018-2024) is developing a regional knowledge platform for efficient and mutual exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge. The vision is to enhance the innovation capacity and readiness in the aquaculture sector. It is a regional knowledge capacity building project funded by The Research Council of Norway, with Mid-Norway as a focus area.

Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) is a national center for biotechnology training, research and innovation.

DNL is a response to the strategic initiative “Digital Life – convergence for innovation” funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC). DLN is a virtual center, involving several major research projects, and managed by a joint leadership network from NTNU, UiB and UiO.

The use of cleaner fish is an important non-medicamental method to combat salmon lice. Over 30 million lumpfish are produced each year for the use in Norwegian aquaculture sea cages. The understanding of the nutritional demands is important to be able to develop feed and feeding strategies ensuring the production of healthy cleaner fish with a good survival rate. The project is supported by the The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) and is coordinated by NOFIMA.

Genome editing – a game-changer in salmon farming: Conditions for social and moral acceptance.

This project aims to determine the acceptability of genome edited salmon through an empirical ethics approach combining descriptive and normative studies.

Use of microbiome-genome co-optimisation to improve gut health and growth in farmed salmon (HoloFish)

​​​​​​​The HoloFish project seeks to provide new knowledge for improving gut-health in salmonids, in order to identify how the growth rate of farmed salmon is affected by the interacting effects of the feed composition, gut–microbiota and the salmon host genome.

The Innovations for Sustainable sEabased Aquaculture (InnoSEA) research group at NTNU has a core interest in research and education on sustainable aquaculture. Our focus is on good fish welfare, aquaculture-environmental interactions, and marine ingredients, contributing to UN’s Sustainability Goal 3 “Good health”, 4 “Good education” and 14 "Life under water".

European transdisciplinary networking platform for marine biotechnology.

The overall aim of Ocean4Biotech is to bring together experts in the field of marine biotechnology, to provide a platform for sharing experience, knowledge and technologies and to design a roadmap for a more efficient and rapid development of marine biotechnology research in Europe and beyond.

OPTIMAT is a cross-disciplinary NTNU programme looking at technology and product quality; food safety and risk management; and production efficiency.

The aim of this COFASP ERA-NET project is to increase the quality and safety of fish (cod and salmon) through the value chain from harvest or catch to the consumer. It is important to start preservation early in the value chain. This can be done by superchilling, modified atmosphere packaging, coating with chitosan and protective cultures and a combination of these.

Contact: Professor Turid Rustad

The  Norwegian  Seaweed  Biorefinery  Platform  (SBP‐N)  is  a five‐year project  funded  by the Research  Council  of  Norway starting in 2019. This is a national consortium generated to coordinate the efforts of research institutions toward an increased and sustainable Norwegian seaweed‐based industry.

SFI-Harvest brings together pioneering shipowners, key technology providers, large producers of raw materials and feed for the aquaculture sector, stakeholders, SINTEF Ocean and other strong research groups, including AMOS (the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems). The innovations will enable precise and efficient capture and processing of mesopelagic species, zooplankton and phytoplankton.

SFI-Exposed is a Centre for Research based Innovation (SFI), a funding scheme administered by the Norwegian Research Council's Division for Innovation. Exposed's main objective is to develop knowledge and technologies for aquaculture operations in exposed ocean and coastal areas, enabling a sustainable expansion of the fish farming industry.

Taskforce salmon lice is a R&D project organised as a PhD program at NTNU. The overall objective of the program is to establish fundamental knowledge on how sea lice infest farmed salmon and the mechanisms of how the parasites spread within and between farmed and wild populations of salmonids.

The general research strategy is to establish knowledge based on ecological, metabolic and molecular/genetic methods to characterise interactions between parasite and host (sea lice and salmonids).