Biography Christopher Noble
I am a Senior Scientist within the Production Biology department of Nofima. The majority of my work focuses on fish welfare in large scale commercial aquacultural production, primarily the development and application of Operational Welfare Indicators (OWIs) for different species, routines and existing and emerging rearing systems. I am also very interested in the opportunities that digitalisation can offer in terms of monitoring fish welfare in both the lab and out on the farm. Another area of interest is in developing and testing fit-for-purpose environmental enrichment for both laboratory and field settings.
I have over 20 years experience in aquaculture research. Following a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and a PhD in farmed Atlantic salmon feeding management at the University of Glasgow, UK, I held Post-Doctoral positions at the University of Glasgow, UK and at the Teikyo University of Science and Technology in Japan. I have taught courses on fish welfare at the University of Tromsø since 2015 and am a Board Member of Norecopa – Norway’s National Consensus Platform for the advancement of “the 3 Rs” (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement). Since 2013 I have also been a contributing Editor to the journal Aquaculture Environment Interactions.
Christopher Noble has 59 publications at Nofima:
1. January 2020 – 20. December 2022
During this project, we will be identifying how the use of various types of commercial fishing gear affect the physiology and mortality of cod and thus their welfare and quality. We will also be investigating the links between ethical fishing, quality and price.
1. January 2020 – 31. December 2022
In the BIO4ROBUST project, the focus is on the biology of farmed Atlantic salmon: The aim is a robust fish in a shifting aquaculture industry.
1. January 2019 – 31. December 2021
How can digitalisation help us assess fish welfare?
1. January 2018 – 31. December 2020
The health and welfare of farmed and captured aquatic animals is becoming increasingly important for current and future aquaculture systems. We need to improve our understanding of their health and welfare status to strengthen the resilience and robustness of both the animals and the industry.