Norway’s Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre expands to include RAS facilities

Hatchery International Staff
October 10, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre Lerang Research Station RAS research facility in Norway.
Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre Lerang Research Station RAS research facility in Norway. Photo//Skretting
NORWAY – Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) recently expanded its Lerang Research Station in Stavanger, Norway to include a “state-of-the-art” recirculation hall. The company says the expansion will enable researchers to conduct precise experiments on its latest closed system feed formulations in strict, closely monitored environmental conditions.

The facility will be mostly used to conduct trials for salmon product development within 12 independent recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), according to a release.

In addition to research on feed and formulations, the facility will also evaluate feed interactions and influences on system performance.

“Attempts to mitigate the biological risks associated with traditional aquaculture is leading to a lot of momentum for closed fish production systems, and this is happening all over the world,” Dr. Paulo Mira Fernandes, researcher and RAS expert at ARC said in the release. “While these are unique systems with their own particular challenges, Skretting has been operating within this space for a long time; we brought the first recirc-specific diet to the market in 2009. The knowledge and expertise that we continue to amass along with the R&D facilities that we have in place will prove invaluable as more and more of these systems come on stream.”

Skretting also has recirculation research units located in Chile and Australia to cater to the needs of production facilities requiring customized feeds.

“We know that feeding the fish means feeding the system, and our knowledge in this area ensures that we can help our customers maximise their production capacity,” Fernandes said.

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