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The Aquaculture Programme

The overarching objective of this programme is to provide a foundation of knowledge for research-based advice in the field of aquaculture.


  • To combine the results of experimental work, field data and modelling so as to enable us to provide advice regarding the framework and potential of Norwegian aquaculture.
  • To continue to develop and quality-assure methodologies and models.
  • To standardise methodology for registering the environmental effects of aquaculture (e.g. MOLO).
  • To draw up a risk matrix for the Norwegian aquaculture industry. 

Tasks and activities:

  • Environmental impact of aquaculture systems, including types of aquaculture, environment, siting and area use.
  • Health of aquaculture organisms and spread of disease.
  • Sustainable use of feeds and feed resources.
  • Suffering involved in the production of farmed fish.
  • Controlled sexual maturation and sterile fish.
  • Catch-based aquaculture.
  • Genetic and ecological consequences of fish farming.
  • Effects of salmon lice on wild fish and monitoring of national salmon fjords.
  • Dispersal and recapture of escaped fish.
  • Broodstock organisms and early life-stages.
  • Sea ranching and fjord cultivation.
  • Welfare of aquaculture organisms.
  • Advice to the authorities.

These areas have been established as projects and have drawn up individual project goals.