New project on aquaculture
The Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law joins the universities of Tromsø and Bergen in a research project which will undertake research on various themes in the field of aquaculture. The Project has been awarded NOK 15 million and is funded by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF).
From the kick-off meeting in October 2018. (photo: UiO)
"This is indeed very gratifying," says head of department Ola Mestad. "The institute has gained a lot of expertise in various aspects of aquaculture, but now we have the opportunity to build a much larger research environment, so this will be very exciting".
The project is about to announce two Ph.D. fellowships and employ 12 research assistants in Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø over a four-year period. In addition, experienced researchers will participate; mainly at the University of Oslo, but also at Bergen and Tromsø.
The aquaculture industry is a very large export industry and is a key factor in the government's marine strategy, meanwhile some of the regulations in the aquaculture industry appear to be unclear and fragmented. Therefore, there is a great need for an independent review and analysis of the regulations both to determine what is considered as current law in the area and to provide input and suggestions on how parts of the area can be regulated in a better and more appropriate manner.
Research will link to two main issues in the industry. One concerns the start-up and growth of the aquaculture industry and will analyze the licensing and licensing system we have today. The other concerns the operation of the business and will analyze further the operational regulations we find for food fishery in the sea. In addition are also some cross-cutting issues such as enforcement of regulations and organization on the authority side. For certain parts of the research it will be important to compare regulation and practice in other important aquaculture countries.
"Close cooperation with the industry and relevant authorities is being established. That way, we will be highlighting current issues in the best possible way. As part of this we will have various events where practitioners and researchers meet", concludes a satisfied Head of the institute.