Since 2000, Nofima has collaborated with institutions in the Balkans about research and development in the aquaculture industry. The main purpose of the projects in the Balkans has been to contribute to the build up of knowledge and industrial development of aquaculture in these countries.
The level of competence at the institutions with which we are collaborating is high. Nofima is collaborating with the institutions about several issues concerning more efficient and environmentally friendly production of carp.
The issues were resolved by using higher quality feed, placing more emphasis on good project management and developing breeding programmes to start farming selectively bred fish.
Potential for rainbow trout
Nofima was involved in a three-year collaborative project in Montenegro to chart the potential for establishing farming of salmonids in seawater. Test production showed that the rainbow trout has very good growth in seawater off the coast of Montenegro and quickly reaches plate size.
Disease prevention and increased production
Through the EU project Eurocarp, Nofima has contributed with implementation of molecular biological methods to breed carp with increased resistance against diseases. Nofima Marin is a major supplier of knowledge to a breeding programme being established in Serbia to increase the efficiency of carp production.
Central collaborative institutions in the Balkans are the Institute of Marine Biology in Montenegro and the University of Belgrade in Serbia. The majority of Nofima’s activity in the Balkans is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union.