Industry partners

The inclusion of the specific industry partners were motivated by the importance of covering the entire range of technology used in modern industrial marine fish farming. The five industry partners are all major stakeholders and market leaders in their fields, and have gained their positions trough a strong focus on technology research and development.

AKVA Group AS is a leading supplier of technology to the world’s fish farming industry. The technology supplied comprises products ranging from steel and plastic cage systems for fish farms to feeding- and information systems. The Company’s headquarter is in Bryne, Norway. AKVA group also has offices in Trondheim, Brønnøysund, Averøy and Mo i Rana (all located in Norway) in addition to offices in Denmark, Scotland, Canada, Chile, Turkey and Thailand. AKVA group has organized its technology and product offering into two business areas, Farm Operations Technology, comprising centralized feed systems, sensors and camera systems, recirculation systems and process control-, planning and operations software, and Infrastructure Technology, comprising steel and plastic cages as well as certain other related products such as feed barges and floating rafts. AKVA group is targeting fish farming companies worldwide with main focus on the present main salmon farming countries, Norway and Chile, as well as other salmon producing countries and the Mediterranean region.

The BioMar group is one of the leading suppliers of high performance fish feed to the aquaculture industry. Our main business areas are feed for salmon and trout in Norway, the United Kingdom, and Chile, and feed for trout, eel, sea-bass, and sea-bream in Continental Europe. Roughly one out of four farmed fish produced in Europe and Chile are fed with BioMar fish feed. Worldwide the BioMar Group supplies feed to around 60 countries and to more than 25 different fish species. BioMar fish feed types cover the full life cycle of the fish including larvae feed, fry feed, smolt feed, grower feed, and brood stock feed.

Erling Haug AS is located in offices in Trondheim, Kristiansund, Harstad, Ålesund, Florø and Puerto Montt, Chile. Our business areas range from the offshore industry, land based industry, retailers, the maritime industry and the aquaculture industry. Erling Haug provide the aquaculture industry with products related to complete mooring systems, components for mooring systems, lifting equipment and life saving equipment as well as several other product groups.

Egersund Net AS has since the early 1970’s, been one of the leading producer and supplier of nets for the fish farming industry in Europe, with modern production plants in Norway and Lithuania. Product development has always been a very important activity in Egersund Net. Their goal is to be a front leader of any technical development in manufacturing nets and netting, and also in design and testing of new models. Research and development in collaboration with customers and partners, like Create, makes the company able to continue its work for a better product, better quality and a better result for the fish farmers. 

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA is the leading exporter of seafood from Norway and is in business of meeting the demand for food and culinary experiences in Norway and internationally by supplying seafood products through selected distributors to producers, institutional households and consumers. The Group's core activities are distribution, sale and marketing of seafood, processing of seafood, production of salmon, trout and other species, as well as product development.

Marine Harvest ASA is the world’s leading seafood company offering farmed salmon and processed seafood to customers in more than 70markets worldwide. The company is present in all major salmon farming regions in the world and the biggest producer of farmed salmon with one fifth of the global production. In addition to fresh and frozen salmon, Marine Harvest offers a wide range of value added products such as coated seafood, ready-to-eat meals, delicious finger food and smoked seafood. Though salmon is the main farmed product, the company also farms trout and white halibut.

Salmar ASA is one of the world’s largest and most efficient producers of farmed salmon. SalMar’s vision is to be the most cost effective supplier of salmon and salmon products while maintaining high standards with respect to biology, ethical production and quality. With international competition increasing all the time, low production costs are a vital competitive parameter to achieve strong margins and a good return on equity.  The company wishes to continue investing in biological development to enable further industrialisation. SalMar also aims to increase the level of salmon processing undertaken so that a larger proportion of the value added is retained within the company. Increased local processing will also have environmental benefits through a reduction in exports of whole fish, the head and bones of which are largely discarded by the consumer.

CREATE research partners

The combined knowledge of the partners is the key to success of the centre. It is vital that research involves close collaboration between the industry and research partners.

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFH) has knowledge and broad competence in the field of the utilization of renewable marine resources. The institute contributes to solutions along the whole value chain - from biological and marine production, aquaculture and fisheries to processing and distribution. SFH perform basic and applied research for commercial customers as well as governmental institutions and bodies, the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union, the United Nations (FAO), and others – more than 80% of revenue come from research contracts and among those, contract research for industry dominates

Centre for Ships and ocean Structures, CeSOS, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, integrate theoretical and experimental research in marine hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control. Research at CeSOS aims to develop fundamental knowledge about how ships and other structures behave in the ocean environment, using analytical, numerical and experimental studies. The emphasis is on hydrodynamics, structural mechanics and automatic control, and in the synergy between them. In each of the past years, the research projects of CeSOS have proved valuable basis for the innovative design of structures, risers and automatic control systems.

Department of Engineering Cybernetics (DEC), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is responsible for the Master of Science and doctoral education in engineering cybernetics at NTNU. DEC is also the dominant national contributor to both theoretical and applied research in engineering cybernetics.  In keeping with the department’s tradition of performing research in areas of national importance, researchers at DEC have been targeting a wide variety of scientific and technological challenges present in the fisheries and aquaculture sector over the last 35 years. Based on this activity, DEC offers educational specialization and research opportunities for its candidates on the application of cybernetic principles and technology to the fisheries and aquaculture industry (fisheries and aquaculture cybernetics).

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is with a staff of almost 700, Norway’s largest centre of marine science. The main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of the activities are financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. IMR has high competence in the fields of aquaculture, fish behaviour, and fish physiology, including modelling and fisheries acoustics. The team has access to facilities at Matre and Austevoll Aquaculture Research Stations, including all life stages of Atlantic salmon and cod. This includes freshwater and seawater tank facilities with extensive control of water quality, photoperiod and waste feed, as well as a cage-environment laboratory with high temporal and spatial screening of environmental parameter and behaviour.

NOFIMA is an industry focused research corporation which aims to increase the competiveness of the food industry, including aquaculture, catch based fishing and the agriculture sector. The corporation is organized into four business areas: Marin, Food, Ingredients and Market. NOFIMA has its head office in Tromsø with research centres at Ås, Stavanger, Bergen, Sunndalsøra and Averøy.

Nofima Marin engage in R & D, innovation and knowledge transfer for the national and international fisheries and aquaculture industry. The primary professional areas cover breeding and genetics, feed and nutrition, fish health, sustainable and effective production as well as capture, slaughtering and primary processing. 

SINTEF Information and Communication Technology (SINTEF ICT) provides contract research-based expertise, services and products within the fields of micro technology, sensor and instrumentation systems, communication and software technology, computational software, information systems and security and safety. Contracts for industry and the public sector generate more than 90% of our income, while 7% comes in the form of basic grants from the Research Council of Norway.

Published July 3, 2007