14. April 2015
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg recently referred to salmon as “Norway’s IKEA”, because people buy and eat Norwegian salmon all over the world. In the same way as IKEA needs materials to build furniture, salmon need a feed on which they can grow. The feeds that are currently in use consist principally of raw materials from plants. A revolution in feed has been under way for the past 15 years. And it’s far from over.
25. March 2015
Healthier, stronger, bigger: this is a goal for Norwegian farm-raised salmon – and Harald Takle is their personal trainer.
23. February 2015
Shrimp aquaculture is carried out in large parts of Asia and Latin America. White spot syndrome is one of the most serious diseases of farmed shrimp, and there is currently no effective way of combating this disease. Scientists have recently discovered markers for genes that determine how well black tiger shrimp resist the disease. They are now planning to look for the genes in the white shrimp.
13. January 2015
Snow crabs have taken over the Barents Sea and both Norwegian and Russian vessels are fishing and landing the catch in Norway. Nofima is currently researching the best ways of using these crabs.
15. December 2014
Scientists are keen to sort farmed salmon and provide them with exercise right from the early stages of their growth, in order to equip them to deal with the stress of transfer to the sea.
28. November 2014
Nofima is one of 17 institutions chosen recently to become hosts for Centres for Research-based Innovation (SFI). The centre is to contribute to solving some of the main challenges facing the aquaculture industry, such as lice and mortality.
27. November 2014
In 2013, marine raw materials for the first time represented less than 30 per cent of the feed for Norwegian farmed salmon, a report shows.
6. November 2014
It may be possible that all farmed salmon can survive in the facilities used for postsmolt production in the future. The key is careful control of the salmon’s environment as it grows.
12. October 2014
Fish oil is an ideal source of omega-3 in salmon feed, but the capacity to produce farmed salmon using fish oil as the main source of omega-3 in feed is limited, if the farmed salmon itself is to remain a rich source of omega-3. This means that the salmon feed industry needs access to large volumes of new ingredients that contain omega-3. Experiments at Nofima have shown that a type of algae known as “heterotrophic algae” can fully replace fish oil in feed used for small salmon.
9. October 2014
Mari Moren took up her post as Director of Research at the food research institute Nofima on 1 October. She takes responsibility for Nutrition and Feed Technology, which is one of the research areas in Division Aquaculture.