The new sustainability index will describe the Norwegian aguaculture industry’s positive and negative impacts. Photo: Audun Iversen/Nofima

Project Year 2016

Sustainability index

Nofima and SINTEF are currently collating data on the Norwegian aquaculture industry with a view to presenting the industry’s sustainability.

The Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund (FHF) has funded the development of a sustainability index for the Norwegian aquaculture industry, because sustainability is a key parameter in assessing the further growth in Norway and development of the industry.

In Norway sustainability of the aguaculture industry is often associated with environmental sustainability, economic and social considerations are seldom includet.

An overview

The sustainability index that is currently under development aims to provide a more balanced knowledge base. A web portal will be developed that can be used by anyone interested.

The index will provide an overview of the state of the aquaculture industry on the basis of three criteria: environmental impact, economics and social ripple effects.

“The index will describe the industry’s positive and negative impacts. There is already plenty of information available, which we now want to collate and compile with a view to enabling identification of trends and developments in various fields,” explains senior scientist Kine Mari Karlsen.

The index will show developments in relation to a number of parameters such as sea lice prevalence, number of escapes, employment figures, production value and drug use.

The sustainability index will not weight the various factors or assess whether the industry is sustainable or not – the purpose of the portal is simply to provide access to all the facts about the aquaculture industry.

Want to reach everyone

“The goal is to make it easier for decision-makers, politicians, the media and other interested parties to access good, balanced information about the aquaculture industry. But we want to reach everyone who is interested in the aquaculture industry,” says senior scientist Roy Robertsen.

The project was started in June 2016, and the scientists are now in the process of gathering the available information.

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Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund (FHF)

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