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Fish Health and Environment Needs More Research

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NORWAY - The aquaculture industry wants more research in areas such as fish health, environmental, resource access and challenges of harvesting and processing.

This information emerged when representatives from across the value chain met to hear the latest research news and discuss the way forward for the aquaculture industry at the beginning of June.

Professional updates and discussions among the 75 participants attending the meeting from industry, research and funding agencies, will constitute important input to the Norwegian Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund's (FHF) further research strategy in aquaculture.

"The discussion and suggestions for further priorities shows that fish health, environmental and resource access are key research areas that need more attention," says Kjell Maroni from FHF.

In 2010, FHF set aside NOK35 million for research in aquaculture. The strategy was planned and implemented with the assistance of two advisory groups.

"For us the most important thing is finding the connection between market requirements, product quality and the production chain," said Ms Maroni.

"We want to contribute research that can help producers, processors resolve any challenges as early as possible.

"Different options in areas such as breeding, nutrition and upbringing environment in fry, fingerlings and sjøfasen, are crucial for both the fish performance as well as the quality of the final product."