In June, they submitted a license application to be granted permission to invest in research infrastructure directed towards exposed aquaculture. Marine Harvest has selected MARINTEK and SINTEF Fisheries and aquaculture as their partners, in addition to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
"We wish to set the standard for future aquaculture. The unique part of this project is that the technology will be developed on nature's terms, i.e. the fish, says Vice President in MARINTEK, Bård Wathne Tveiten.
They have submitted a license application to be granted permission to invest in research infrastructure directed towards exposed aquaculture. The answer to the application is expected during autumn 2016. The center will be located between the islands of Sula and Frøya, and will include an auditorium and several net cages where the supplier industry may test new feeding systems, new ways to take out fish for slaughter or drones to monitor the installation.
"This will be a floating knowledge center. We hope the application will be approved and that we can develop this project further. It would be really exciting," Tveiten says.