- The Nordic Network on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems is a new
network aimed at coordinating and strengthening research and development
of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) in the Nordic countries.
Aquaculture Systems are the future of aquaculture, facilitating rearing
of large amounts of fish and shellfish with minimum environmental
The Nordic Network on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems is open to
researchers, fish farmers, feed and system suppliers, consultants,
authorities and all others with an interest in RAS. Visit the webpage
NordicRAS.net to join the network: http://www.nordicras.net
The network is coordinated by National Institute of Aquatic Resources
(DTU Aqua) at the Technical University of Denmark. The steering
committee of the network has representatives from Denmark, Norway,
Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The first year the network is financed by
the Nordic Council of Ministers.
"The aquaculture industry is stagnant in the Nordic countries while it
is developing rapidly in the rest of the world. We hope that the Nordic
network will contribute to speed up the development by identifying
people in the different countries working with RAS, and facilitating the
cooperation between not-yet connected educational and industrial
partners," says network coordinator Anne Johanne Tang Dalsgaard, Section
for Aquaculture, DTU Aqua.
As an example she mentions that the network may help different players
find suitable collaborators across regional borders as a means to
strengthen grant applications for cross-border developmental projects.
Furthermore, the network may support the training of researchers and
farmers as the collaboration between different educational institutions
and the industry is improved.
Workshop and conference in October
One of the first activities of the network is a workshop on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems in Helsinki on 5-6 October 2011.
The aim of the workshop is to bring researchers and industrial partners
with an interest in RAS together, creating a unique opportunity for
exchanging practical experiences and scientific knowledge on the newest
developments in RAS.
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