Project Year 2013

New book about live storage

A new handbook leads the way for everyone planning to start live storage or capture-based aquaculture of cod.

The book is based on decades of research and outlines the equipment and procedures required to succeed with this new form of capture.

It provides good advice on topics including the most gentle capture methods for cod, how to keep the fish alive, design of fishing boats, transfer to sea cages and feed enhancement.

“In addition to research, much of the knowledge about capture-based aquaculture is based on trial and error. When new vessels have expressed their interest in this fishery and inexperienced fishermen have started without any form of training, the same mistakes have unfortunately been repeated far too often. The objective of this book is to prevent old mistakes from being repeated and to raise the interest in this method that provides the highest quality of cod in the world,” say the two authors, Kjell Midling and Bjørnar Isaksen.

The authors are scientists at Nofima and the Institute of Marine Research respectively.

FACTS ABOUT STORAGE: Live storage, also called capture-based aquaculture, involves catching wild animals and then keeping them alive or feeding them until they are harvested.

The aim is to increase the biomass, enhance the raw material quality and the opportunity to perform strategically in relation to the market by being able to determine when the fish are harvested and sold.

For instance, the cod fishery is characterized by a short and hectic season. If wild cod is caught and kept alive in the cage, it is possible to ensure a supply of fresh cod to the markets year-round and not only during the short fishing season.

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