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Nordic Network On Aquaculture

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
19 August 2011, at 1:00am

DENMARK - The Nordic Network on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems is a new network aimed at coordinating and strengthening research and development of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) in the Nordic countries.

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems are the future of aquaculture, facilitating rearing of large amounts of fish and shellfish with minimum environmental impact.

The Nordic Network on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems is open to researchers, fish farmers, feed and system suppliers, consultants, authorities and all others with an interest in RAS. Visit the webpage NordicRAS.net to join the network: http://www.nordicras.net

The network is coordinated by National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) at the Technical University of Denmark. The steering committee of the network has representatives from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The first year the network is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Pro-environmental aquaculture

The aquaculture industry is stagnant in the Nordic countries while it is developing rapidly in the rest of the world. We hope that the Nordic network will contribute to speed up the development by identifying people in the different countries working with RAS, and facilitating the cooperation between not-yet connected educational and industrial partners, says network coordinator Anne Johanne Tang Dalsgaard, Section for Aquaculture, DTU Aqua.

As an example she mentions that the network may help different players find suitable collaborators across regional borders as a means to strengthen grant applications for cross-border developmental projects.

Furthermore, the network may support the training of researchers and farmers as the collaboration between different educational institutions and the industry is improved.

Workshop and conference in October

One of the first activities of the network is a workshop on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems in Helsinki on 5-6 October 2011.

The aim of the workshop is to bring researchers and industrial partners with an interest in RAS together, creating a unique opportunity for exchanging practical experiences and scientific knowledge on the newest developments in RAS.

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