Aquaculture is an important global contributor to the production of seafood for human consumption. However, this industry is also known for a substantial HSE risks and a high frequency of work-related injuries. Consequently, increasing the automation level of high-risk operations within aquaculture could lead to economical as well as social and ethical benefits. Increased automation can contribute to improving the level of control humans have over aquaculture operations by facilitating increased use of technological solutions and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). To target these challenges, the newly established SINTEF ACE-RoboticLab aims to be the pioneer for developing both basic and applied research on autonomy and robotics with the overall target being to contribute increasing efficiency and objectivity during daily operations in fish farms, and thus provide solutions that will contribute to addressing the current challenges in the aquaculture domain.