The rapid commercialisation of Atlantic cod farming causes concerns with respect to environmental integrity. Experiences from commercialisation of salmonids have clearly shown that such concerns should be addressed following a precautionary approach, with the aim to develop a sustainable cod aquaculture industry.
The environmental impacts of commercial cod culture will be addressed proactively through initiating projects and stimulating to mobility between Canadian and Norwegian scientists. This concurs with the institutions international strategies and strengthens our first year participation in a Norwegian-Canadian research project, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
The proposed project aims to be the first step in a larger and more long-term bilateral collaboration within this important field.