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Conference aims for smolt production knowledge exchange

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This year’s “Smolt Production of the Future” conference will focus on the production of large, high-quality smolt, along with other challenges such as fish health and feeding procedures.

A group of aquaculture researchers, Smolt Production of the Future.
The event organisers hope to provide a platform for networking and knowledge exchange between the industry and researchers

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The “Smolt Production of the Future” conference returns on 16 - 17 October 2024, providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge between industry professionals and aquaculture researchers. The conference, organised by Nofima and Sunndal Næringsselskap, is aimed at everyone who is interested in the production of smolt and post-smolt, whether in closed facilities on land or at sea.

“Since the last conference, we have gained more knowledge about smolt production, and experience with solutions in the industry is increasing. Political leadership in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is also in place, and we hope that the conference will be a fruitful meeting point," said Trine Ytrestøyl, a senior Nofima researcher and event organiser, in a press announcement.

Ytrestøyl has led the work with the programme for the conference, which will be held at Sunndalsøra on the west coast of Norway. The conference has attracted up to 300 participants from the industry to each event since it was begun in 2008.

The main topics for this year's conference will be experiences with the production of large smolt, smolt quality, fish health and welfare, water quality, and feed and feeding in RAS. Additionally, this year’s event will feature a panel discussion and an optional tour of Nofima’s Sunndalsøra RAS facility.

“There is a rapid development towards increased production of large smolt, at the same time as there are challenges with welfare and mortality in the sea. Good smolt quality is part of the solution to these challenges," said Ytrestøyl.

The organisers welcome exhibitors to take part in the event: “There is room for many exhibitors here in addition to the sponsors. We try every time to make this an even better meeting place for suppliers and conference participants. It's social and tends to be a very nice meeting place as well," said Ingrid Lein, a senior researcher who is coordinating this aspect of the conference.

Registration for the 2024 “Smolt Production of the Future” event is now open.

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