CREATE - SFI in Aquaculture Technology
CREATE aims to maintain and reinforce the strong position of Norwegian fish farming technology manufacturers as the leading suppliers of knowledge and equipment to the global aquaculture industry.
Host institution: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture
Research partners: NTNU , Institute of Marine Research, SINTEF, NOFIMA Marin AS
Company partners: AKVA Group ASA, Egersund Net AS, Erling Haug AS, Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, Marine Harvest Norway AS, SalMar ASA, BioMar AS
Budget: NOK 164 million over eight years
Director/contact: Senior Scientist Arne Fredheim
CREATE will carry out research and development to enable innovation of
technology, products and solutions to improve the grow-out phase of marine fish culture - from when the fish is put into the sea to when it is taken to the slaughter plant.
The centre has defined three main research pillars: 1) Equipment and constructions e.g. new materials for aquaculture nets, floating collars on net cages and feeding facilities 2) Operation and handling e.g. feed timing, feed quantities, handling of active nets and equipment etc. 3) Farming intelligence e.g. use of information and production data related to the growth and welfare of the fish, as the basis for achieving better feeding and lighting solutions etc.