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Nominees for the Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Prize 2007

by the Fish Site Editor
13 August 2007, at 1:00am

NORWAY - The Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Prize is to be awarded for the 5th time at Aqua Nor 2007.

The nominees are:

DSM Dyneema, the Netherlands.
DSM Dyneema has developed one of the strongest fibres in the world used in nets in fish farms. The nets are environmentally friendly, weighs only one third of conventional nets and prevents growth of seaweed, which gives an improved flow.

QVision AS, Oslo.
QVision has developed the instrument "QMonitor", which measures and grades fillets with the correct pigmentation and fat content for the correct customer. SINTEF Fishery and Aquaculture and Norwegian Food Research Institute have participated in the process of completing the product "QMonitor".

Aqua Gen AS, Trondheim
Aqua Gen has developed a new machine for automatic grading of salmon and trout eggs, which is done manually today. The machine grades, measures egg size and counts eggs. The capacity is 100,000 eggs per hour. The product is developed in co-operation with SINTEF Fishery and Aquaculture.

This year's candidates represent both large and small companies, which have developed products of great importance to the aquaculture industry and to production and profitability.

The Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Prize is meant to encourage increased focus on innovation, efficiency improvement, quality improvement, enhanced profitability and protection of environment and resources in the fishery and aquaculture industries.

Eight international and Norwegian companies and research institutions competed for the Prize this year.

The Prize is NOK 100,000 and a print by the artist Karl Erik Harr.

The Jury this year was composed of: Mr Viggo Andreassen of Innovation Norway, Mr Kjell Maroni of Norwegian Seafood Federation (FHL) Aquaculture and Ms Berit A. Hanssen of FHL Industry and Exports.

The winner of the Innovation Prize is announced at the Nor-Fishing Foundation reception on Tuesday 14 August at 6 pm at the Royal Garden Hotel.

the Fish Site Editor