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Weekly Overview: Aqua Nor 2015 Overview

Lucy Towers
25 August 2015, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - Last week TheFishSite was in Trondheim, Norway for the country's biggest aquaculture show - Aqua Nor.

Many of the talks being held at the show examined Norway's successful aquaculture model and how this model could be applied in other countries to help develop the aquaculture industry.

As well as having the support of the government, regulation, knowledge and a skilled labour force were identified as being key to Norway's success. These three things are also needed if aquaculture is to be developed sustainably and successfully elsewhere in the world.

Experts also discussed the future of Norway's salmon farming industry and the obstacles to sustainable expansion, including sea lice and the quality of available farm locations. 

Throughout the show, talks were also held on various farming methods including IMTA, the movement of salmon further offshore and the development of land based aquaculture such as RAS. 

Also during the show, Cargill announced its plans to acquire EWOS for €1.35 billion. 

The strategic acquisition of seven EWOS feed and manufacturing facilities (three in Norway, one in Chile, Canada, Scotland and Viet Nam) and two state-of-the-art R&D centers will see Cargill become a major player in the salmon feed market.

Working to solve the feed challenge that aquaculture faces, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) launched a tender for new Omega-3 rich oil sources.

The tender invites organisations interested in developing novel oils high in Omega-3 for fish farming, to share their proposals to supply participating GSI members with a minimum of 25,000 tons of novel oil, and up to 200,000 tons, annually for a minimum of two years.