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Cermaq’s land-based lead to take up academic role

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
22 April 2022, at 2:00pm

Bendik Fyhn Terjesen, who is head of land-based innovation and development at Cermaq Group, will combine his work in Cermaq with a professor II position at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University in Bodø.

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Bendik Fyhn Terjesen on stage at a conference

© Ole Andreas Drønen, kyst.no

He will teach bachelor and master students and eventually also supervise doctoral students. This will also involve developing courses on continuing education in aquaculture technology, especially with a focus on RAS/post-smolt. The courses will be open to all fish farming companies and others in the region. The long-term goal is also to initiate various research collaborations with external actors.

“We are very pleased to have Bendik Fyhn Terjesen on the team in a professor II position,” said Dean Mette Sørensen in a press release.

“Terjesen is a very experienced aquaculture scientist with a broad experience within recirculation and postsmolt production. We want to use his knowledge and experience towards existing and new courses aimed at both campus students and in continuing and further education courses aimed at the aquaculture industry. We also hope that the collaboration will contribute to the development of new knowledge through joint research projects with the aquaculture industry,” added Sørensen.

Terjesen has an extensive research career focusing on fish physiology and aquaculture technology and he made his first experiments in water recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in 1993 at Wageningen University. He led the construction of the Nofima Center for Recirculation in Aquaculture and the start-up of CtrlAQUA, a center for research-based innovation in aquaculture in closed systems, before joining Cermaq.

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“This is a recognition of Bendik as one of the persons with most technology expertise in the industry. Sharing knowledge through collaboration with Nord University is completely in line with Cermaq's knowledge- and research-based approach. We are confident that this will be a good cooperation for both parties and congratulate Terjesen on his appointment," said Erlend Reiten, chief transformation officer at Cermaq Group.