Relates and links to a number of projects in the region.

Nofima supporting aquaculture in Asia and Australasia


Startdato 1. januar 2006

Nofima has been working actively in Asia and Australasia since January 2006 to develop research collaborations and to support aquaculture activities.

  1. Improved disease resistance of tiger shrimp and rohu carp farmed in India: Developing and implementing advanced molecular methods, and streamlining access to and use of genetic resources.
  2. Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre- Breeding for profit.
  3. Feasibility of on-shore fish farming for Ngati Ranginui Iwi New Zealand.
  4. Sri Lanka.

Asia leads the world in terms of gross aquaculture production. The Australian region has great potential for aquaculture. Australia's seafood exports were valued at AU$2.05 billion in 2006-07, and around AU$793 million of production is derived from aquaculture (one-third of the gross value of fisheries production). What is most needed in the Australasian region is a reliable supply of sound genetic seedstock and expertise in feed and feeding. Fish farmers want high production and to avoid diseases while consumers are demanding seafood that is healthy, safe, tastey and visually appealing etc. Nofima has established the following collaborative research projects and consulting services in Australasia.

  • Aquaculture feasibility study for Ngati Ranginui Iwi in New Zealand.
  • Discovery of large numbers of single nucleotide polymorphisms for Atlantic salmon and cod
  • Development of new methodology to utilise gene expression data for selective breeding and for early warning of stress in the aquaculture environment.
  • Development of selective breeding programs for Australian species, such as abalone, yellow-tail kingfish and barramundi