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Sustainable aquaculture: Akvaplan niva's breakthrough in climate neutral fish feed

Sustainable Aquaculture: Akvaplan niva's breakthrough in climate neutral fish feed
Sustainable Aquaculture: Akvaplan niva's breakthrough in climate neutral fish feed

Akvaplan-niva, a nonprofit research and development institute renowned for its expertise in aquatic environments, is spearheading a groundbreaking project, Clin-Blufeed, aimed at revolutionising the aquaculture industry with sustainable, climate-neutral fish feed. With a special focus on ocean industries, Akvaplan-niva offers science-based tools and services to ensure sustainable value creation, bridging the gap between environmental management and industry through interdisciplinary research and innovation.

Clin-Blufeed: A vision for sustainable aquaculture

Clin-Blufeed, led by Lionel Camus of Akvaplan-niva, is a pioneering initiative funded by Horizon Europe under the Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership (SBEP). This project aims to develop a low-CO2 smart autonomous multiplatform system to monitor and forecast Calanus finmarchicus stock, a pivotal resource for the aquaculture industry. The overarching goal is to advance the Norwegian Sea Calanus fishery as a sustainable, climate-neutral blue resource.

Technological innovation and partnerships

The project leverages cutting-edge autonomous marine monitoring technologies, remote sensing, artificial intelligence (AI), simulation modelling, and experimental investigations. These advanced methodologies are designed to harness the potential of Calanus finmarchicus as a sustainable fish feed, reducing the carbon footprint of the aquaculture industry.

Clin-Blufeed is a collaborative effort involving prestigious partners, including the CSCS, AIR Centre - Atlantic International Research Centre, IOPAN, and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). This interdisciplinary consortium brings together expertise from various fields to ensure the project's success and the sustainable management of marine resources.

Sustainable value creation

Akvaplan-niva's commitment to sustainable value creation is evident in its approach to the Clin-Blufeed project. By providing a knowledge base and advice to both environmental management and industry, Akvaplan-niva ensures that the project's outcomes are both scientifically robust and practically applicable. The use of low-carbon-emission technologies underscores the institute's dedication to reducing the environmental impact of aquaculture.

Impact and future prospects

The Clin-Blufeed project holds significant promise for the future of aquaculture. By developing sustainable, climate-neutral fish feed, the project addresses critical challenges in the industry, such as overfishing and environmental degradation. The successful implementation of these innovative methodologies could set a precedent for sustainable practices in aquaculture, benefiting both the environment and the industry.

Akvaplan-niva's Clin-Blufeed project represents a bold step towards a sustainable future for aquaculture. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, advanced technologies, and a commitment to environmental stewardship, Akvaplan-niva is leading the way in developing climate-neutral solutions for the industry. As the project progresses, it holds the potential to transform aquaculture practices, ensuring the sustainable management of marine resources for generations to come.

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