Torstensen is the new Director of Nofima’s Aquaculture division
Bente Torstensen has been employed as Nofima’s Director of its Acquaculture division. For the first time, Nofima is placing one of its directors in Western Norway, more specifically in Bergen.
“Hordaland is the power centre for aquaculture and when we are so lucky to have Bente Torstensen on the team, it is obvious that she should have an office located in Bergen. This will make dialogue with many of the main players in the aquaculture industry, and collaboration with NCE Seafood Innovation much easier,” says Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, CEO, Managing Director at Nofima.
Bente Torstensen has extensive experience from the Nifes research centre, but last year worked as Group Manager for feed and fish performance in Marine Harvest’s global R&D department.
“My time at Marine Harvest has been amazing, and it isn’t easy to leave such an exciting company and such good colleagues. But when the position at Nofima came up, I knew I had to make use of this unique opportunity. Working with research with an opportunity to add research-based knowledge to the industry is incredibly exciting. I’m really excited to begin in the position on 1 August and look forward to good collaboration with the fish farming industry, one of the most exciting global industries,” says Bente Torstensen.
The Aquaculture division is divided into five departments that cover the aquaculture industry’s entire value chain. All together there are just about 130 people who work in the division all over Norway. In Bergen, the Aquafeed Technology Centre is also being built up in collaboration with the University of Bergen and Uni Research among others.
Nofima, with its main office in Tromsø, is divided into three divisions: Food science, fisheries and aquaculture. The division management for land-based food production is located in Ås in the southeast, while the Fisheries division has its management in Tromsø in the north. With the head of the Aquaculture division in place in Bergen in the west, Nofima has an excellent geographical spread. The research institute also has branches in Stavanger and Sunndalsøra.
Bente Torstensen – mobile phone +47 913 28 341