In the field of applied breeding programmes we combine traditional breeding techniques with new knowledge about genetics and the genome. We use and develop knowledge and techniques such that fish breeders can improve key properties of species in the aquaculture industry in an efficient manner.
The aquaculture industry is an extensive and diverse industry of great economic value and benefit to society. As in other food industries, biological and technological solutions are often closely coupled with economics, law, ethics and the environment. These are disciplines that we at Nofima often integrate into our projects within breeding.
Our scientists have pioneered work in fish breeding since the beginning of the 1970s, and have contributed to the ability of the Norwegian aquaculture industry to produce salmon now with better health and in half the time previously required, using less feed.