Breeding and genetics
Breeding involves systematically building on an animal’s preferred beneficial genetic characteristics.
In fish and shellfish farming, breeding is important for increasing food-production output and improving the health and well-being of the species.
At Nofima, we use our expertise in applied breeding programmes in Norway and abroad to breed species such as salmon, lumpfish, Pacific shrimp and European sea bass.
Examples of the methods we use are quantitative genetics, genome selection and gene editing. To address complex challenges, we often draw on the expertise available in the areas of fish health, production biology and nutrition. We investigate how high-tech breeding techniques can prevent disease and parasites, promote rapid growth and improve the fillet quality of important farmed species.
Fresh results and selected projects
Centre for Marine Aquaculture
The centre and its associated marine facility are designed for breeding cod, but also offer outstanding facilities for other types of trials with cod and other marine species.
Nofima Centre for Recirculation in Aquaculture
Recirculation of water provides extremely good control of the water environment, sensible utilisation of water sources and better protection against infection.
Research permits in aquaculture
Large scale, commercially beneficial research is being carried out together with the fish farming industry in Southern, Central and Northern Norway as part of Nofima’s research licenses.
Research Station for Sustainable Aquaculture
At this land-based research station at Sunndalsøra with fresh water, seawater and recirculated water, we can carry out biological and technological experiments along the complete aquaculture value chain.