Is the Norwegian management regime suitable for future growth in aquaculture? Nofima researchers are trying to find the answer. Photo: Frank Gregersen

Project Year 2015

Regulating for further growth?

Is the Norwegian governance regime suitable for growth in the production of farmed fish?

Management and regulations constitute important framework conditions for the aquaculture industry when it comes to facilitating further industrial development. Researchers from Nofima, the University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger and NTNU have assessed this framework.

There is no doubt that the current regulatory regime has been successful in many ways, and has made a positive contribution to the development of a new and important coastal industry. However, the researchers have focused on challenges and areas for improvement:

–          The fragmented management structure is one of the main challenges.  “The current regime entails “piece by piece” planning, which makes it difficult to achieve an integrated aquaculture management. says senior researcher and project manager Roy Robertsen

–          “The current requirements toward sustainable growth in the aquaculture industry is largely directed toward environmental sustainability, based on a few parameters. This should be extended to also include social and economic sustainability, in order to achieve overall sustainable development,” says senior researcher Kine Mari Karlsen.
–          “A too narrow approach to sustainability may cause a negative distortion of competition toward other food and resource industries. There is therefore a need to clarify the prerequisites and prospects  for more industry-neutral sustainability principles,” says senior researcher Otto Andreassen.
–          “In the next stage of the project we will take a closer look at how the regulations are enforced and practiced, and which conditions that are challenging , in order to identify more specific areas of improvement in management and regulations,” researcher Ann-Magnhild Solås says.

The University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger and NTNU

The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF)

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