Last Tuesday a bunch of students from NMBU and NTNU, went along with people from the industry to the Brigdehead Aquaculture conference at Frøya. We got see the whole salmon production cycle, from the sea cages to the slaughter, and even how the raw rest material was utilized. The next day we got to hear and talk about issues the aquaculture industry faces today.
The first day students and people from the industry visited the fish farm Storskogøya belonging to Lerøy Midt. Our transport out to the fish farm was RIB. There was a lot of waves, wind and it rained a bit, so I can say for sure it was a refreshing ride. We were supposed to visit Belsvik as well, but because of the weather we could not get there by boat (but you can read about Belsvik further down on the blog).
Next stop on the visitation round was Innovamar og Nutrimar. Innovar is the slaughterhouse owned by SalMar and Nutrimar utilized the waste from Innovamar. We got to watch the whole procedure, from where the fish get pumped into the facility to fileting to freezing and storage in boxes. Nutrimar is located right next door to Innovamar, so all the sludge and cut-offs is transported through pipes to Nutrimar. Here the raw rest material gets turned into fishmeal, fish oil and fish protein concentrate.
After a long day visiting we got served a salmon buffét at the hotel we stayed in. The food was sincerely delicious! During the dinner we got to mingle and talk to many experienced people from the industry.
The second day was the main day of the conference. It was located at Frøyas Kultur og Kompetansesenter (center for culture and competence). The main focus was sustainability and solutions that was good for the environment. The issues presented was:
- "Strategies and plans for a sustainability growth in aquaculture" with speakers Yngvar Olsen (NTNU) and Karl Almås (SINTEF Ocean).
- "Different approaches to sustainability from the industry" with speakers Johan Pettersen (NTNU Industrial Ecology), Vidar Andersen (Rema 1000) and Jon Arne Grøttum (Sjømat Norge).
- "Resources from feed gives business opportunities" with speakers Kari Kolstad (NMBU), Stig Ombolt (NTNU Biotechnology), Thor Hukkelås (Kongsberg Maritime), Bjørn Egil Asbjørnslett (NTNU Naval technology) and Kjell Inge Reitan (NTNU Biology).
Between the sessions SFU Enganged organized a brainstorming. The groups consisted of both students and different representatives from the industry. The purpose with this was that people with diverse backgrounds could discuss problems with different angles. Kristoffer Slåttsveen (PhD candidate) and Marte Konstad led this whole session by present how to solve a problem. They divided the process in three faces with electronical logging.
1 - Define the challenge
2 - Choose a problem and find a solution
3 - Find the resources needed
The problems the different groups should discuss was:
- How aquaculture can contribute to a positive community development?
- Profits of digitization in aquaculture?
- How to utilize todays rest raw materials in new ways?
- How to get the aquaculture products to take more room on the dinner table?
- How to get better welfare for the fish during the whole lifecycle?
The conference ended with comments from a panel that consisted of NTNU, Sjømat Norge, NMBU and NCE Aquatech Cluster. The universities acknowledged the value of strong connections between their students and the aquaculture industry. The ideas from the brainstorming will be used directly to future students and research projects. If the students wanted to continue with one of the project, they would be directly connected to the partners willing to support the project as a bachelor or a master thesis.
A very good learning outcome and well-organized conference. Recommend everyone to join next semester!
Link to a norwegian blogpost by NCE Aquatech Cluster: https://aquatechcluster.no/2017/11/brohodekonferansen-sjokart-2050-gode-tiltakene-ma-starte-na/