Aquaculture for all

Post-smolt conference to focus on improving RAS and closed-containment sustainability

Atlantic Salmon Breeding & genetics Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) +4 more

Registration is now open for the seventh "Future Smolt Production" conference, which focuses on producing post-smolts in RAS and closed-containment systems and takes place in Norway on 25 and 26 October.

From left: Åsa Espmark and Ingrid Lein from Nofima, and Anne Gulla Hagen and Mette Sæter Ormset from Sunndal Næringsselskap © Kevin Stiller, Nofima.

This year's conference, has the overarching theme "The green transition – significance for the aquaculture industry, and the industry's responsibility" and will be held in Sunndalsøra.

Nofima’s Åsa Espmark, who is responsible for the scientific programme, said in a press release: “In order to bring the aquaculture industry one step further towards an even more climate-friendly and sustainable industry, it is important that people communicate across sectors. Participants at the conference will get the latest news from research on post-smolt in closed systems, and how these systems should be operated in order for them to perform optimally. We will also hear what the authorities, administrators and environmentalists have to say about the future of farming.”

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference and will include representative of Skretting, Pure Salmon Kaldnes, Benchmark Genetics, Pharmaq and Aquafarm Equipment.

“We also have space for more exhibitors,” said Ingrid Lein, who is coordinating the exhibition. “This year we have made this an even better meeting place for the suppliers and conference participants.”

Delegates will also be given an opportunity to take a tour of Nofima’s RAS facilities the morning before the conference starts. Nofima has invested in a new "single tank RAS" infrastructure that supplements the organisation’s existing equipment.

“The pandemic has shown us that some meetings can be conducted digitally, while other meetings are best when conducted physically. Conferences where the purpose is to mingle, create contacts and nurture established networks are definitely best when you attend physically, although we were very satisfied with the webinar in 2020. I'm most looking forward to meet people and see that they enjoy themselves and talk together, and of course I’m looking forward to showing off Sunndalsøra," said Espmark.

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