In the Western world, increasingly more focus is being placed on food being produced in a sustainable and ethically sound manner. The World Commission for Environment and Development in 1987 defined sustainable development as: "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.". Our research in the field of sustainability touches on both specialist issues of relevance for sustainability and interdisciplinary approaches where the development to which we contribute is seen in a larger social context.
We are obliged by both our ethical principles and Norwegian law to take care of considerations for the welfare of animals in culture. This also applies to farmed fish. The large supermarket chains and consumers of Norwegian seafood view good animal welfare in production as a quality criterion.
National and international collaboration
In order to ensure a high professional quality within so many different disciplines, we place a lot of emphasis on establishing good collaboration relationships with other research communities, both nationally and internationally.