Biography Åsa Maria O. Espmark
My working place is at Sunndalsøra and I am employed in the group ”Effective and sustainable production”. My main working areas are welfare, welfare indicators, quality and stress. I am also involved in projects dealing with escape of farmed fish and organic aquaculture. Regarding welfare much of the work is to use well suited behavioral and physiological welfare indicators in large scale production, and to investigate the most suitable indicators that measure stress from suboptimal farming situations. I have mainly worked with water quality, crowding and pumping before slaughter. The most used behavioral variables are swimming activity and distribution in tanks/cages, while physiology mostly is measured with blood and plasma variables thatindicate stress. Regarding crowding and pumping we are also interested to study the relationship between welfare and product quality. In most cases Atlantic salmon is used as experimental specie, but in the work with escape and organic farming cod and other farmed fishes are also of interest. Education I have my education in biology from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and got the title Dr. Scient. in 2003 with the thesis ”Behavioral effects of environmental pollution in threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus L.” . The thesis contains four publications where behavior is used as a biomarker to describe effects of different pollutants in threespine sticklebacks.
Åsa Maria O. Espmark has 45 publications at Nofima:
1. October 2018 – 30. September 2022
The overall objective of FutureEUAqua is to effectively promote sustainable growth of resilient to climate changes, environmental friendly organic and conventional aquaculture of major fish species and low trophic level organisms in Europe, to meet future challenges with respect to the growing consumer demand for high quality, nutritious and responsibly produced food.
1. November 2015 – 15. April 2019
With the increasing use of cleaner fish, especially farmed ballan wrasse and lumpfish (and also wild-caught goldsinny wrasse), there is a need for more knowledge on the welfare of these species.
1. October 2015 – 30. September 2020
The overall aim with AQUAEXCEL2020 is to integrate the most successful research facilities within aquaculture in Europe. The project shall provide access to easily accessible high quality infrastructures, resources and services, based on aquaculture needs, and by such stimulate to excellent research and sustainable innovations to both private and public sector.
1. April 2015 – 31. March 2023
CtrlAQUA is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) that will lay the foundation for the development of closed-containment concepts of the future. With greater control of the production process, it will be possible to reduce problems associated with mortality and sea lice, and to reduce the production time for farmed salmon.
1. January 2014 – 31. December 2016
The overall vision of the OrAqua project is the economic growth of the organic aquaculture sector in Europe, supported by science based regulations in line with the organic principles and consumer confidence.