Projects at SeaLab

Projects at SeaLab


Local contact: Elin Kjørsvik (NTNU)

AQUAEXCEL3.0 builds on the previous AQUAEXCEL (FP7) and AQUAEXCEL2020 (H2020) projects and aims to further ensure research aligned with industry needs, to boost the EU aquaculture sector by expanding the Transnational Access programme, and to develop new tools to keep pace with rapid scientific development and add value to existing tools and resources to benefit all users. 

Through this EU funded Research Infrastructure project, research groups from all over Europe can apply for transnational access to the NTNU Sealab experimental aquaculture research facility. When approved, all experimental costs, as well as travel and subsistence is covered by the project. Contact our staff to discuss the opportunities!

Project duration: 2020 – 2025


Project information and preliminary results from the European Commission


The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) is a European 'research infrastructure' that provides researchers and companies with access to marine organisms and the facilities to study them, including experimental facilities and technological platforms. NTNU is a member of the Norwegian node EMBRC Norway (EMBRC-NO). As a member of this network NTNU offers access to facilities at SeaLab, including climate-controlled rooms, wet labs, analytical facilities, and cultures of marine copepods (Calanus finmarchicus). 

Duration of current project: 2019 – 2028


Project information and preliminary results from Research Council of Norway

Taskforce Lakselus

Project leader: Yngvar Olsen (NTNU)

Building up fundamental knowledge about how sea lice spread within and between salmon farms, as well as between farmed and wild populations of salmonids.

  • Internal infection of sea lice within and between salmon farms during normal management routines and through interaction with the environment.
  • Mechanism of infection between wild and farmed populations of salmonids
  • The role of chemical cues in the infection process
  • Life cycle and biology of planktonic stages of salmon lice
  • Molecular methods for tracing salmon lice - new genetic markers and development of methods

Project duration: 2017 - ongoing 



Published articles

Published articles

Luciana Alves Musialak, Bengt Finstad, Knut Elling Bråthen, Elin Kjørsvik (2024) Embryonic development and sensitive stages of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) eggs. DOI (external link)

Maria Guttu, Maria Gaasø, Anna S. Båtnes, Yngvar Olsen (2024) The decline in sea lice numbers during freshwater treatments in salmon aquaculture. DOI (external link)

Frank Thomas Mlingi, Velmurugu Puvanendran, Erik Burgerhout, Helge Tveiten, Jonna Tomkiewicz, Elin Kjørsvik, Maren Mommens (2023) Ultrasonic imaging as a means of monitoring gonadal development in lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus). DOI (external link)

Tora Lillebjerka, Arne M. Malzahn, Elin Kjørsvik, Andreas Hagemann (2023) Effects of temperature, salinity and diet on embryonic and early larval development in Littorina littorea (Gastropoda: Littorinimorpha). DOI (external link)

Tu A. Vo, Trina F. Galloway, Augustine Arukwe, Rolf B. Edvardsen, Kristin Hamre, Ørjan Karlsen, Ivar Rønnestad, Elin Kjørsvik (2022) Effect of diet on molecular relationships between Atlantic cod larval muscle growth dynamics, metabolism, and antioxidant defense system. DOI (external link)