Sustainability and social acceptance of production methods and environmental impact are necessary prerequisites for growth in the aquaculture industry.
In July, the AquaAccept project organised a session at the Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET 2016) in Scotland, entitled: “Sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture: the multidisciplinary approach as a key for success.” IRIS is also playing a leading role within the EU funded project “ECOAST,” with the aim to identify, develop and test new methodologies for spatial and temporal management of fisheries and aquaculture in coastal areas
Sea lice infection represents one of the principal challenges faced by the salmon farming industry in Norway. IRIS is working both independently and in collaboration with industry partners to develop and validate new technologies to solve the sea louse challenge. IRIS offers a number of approaches ranging from molecular marker identification and assessment of tissue damage to advanced sea lice registration and modelling. A major goal of this research is to develop non-chemical treatments for the lice so as to reduce the environmental impact of salmon farming. Currently there are efforts being made in the industry towards alternative production systems in order to reduce the presence of lice. These include the use of closed and semi-closed water systems, land-based farms. and the development of remote offshore farms. IRIS contributed to a recently-published significant research article entitled “Effective protection against sea lice during the production of Atlantic salmon in floating enclosures,”
providing valuable expertise regarding vital water quality parameters.
IRIS is involved in several project developing alternative feed and food sources with added health benefits, for both animal and human consumption. The European project NOVOFEED (“Novel feed ingredients from sustainable sources”) led by IRIS aims at developing novel functional feed ingredients from marine by-products for use in aquaculture feeds.