Norway has entrusted the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs to maintain equilibrium in the vigilance against overfishing and maintaining responsible fishing policies, while at the same time allowing a reasonable harvest of this nation’s rich seafood resources. The Ministry is responsible for the fishing and aquaculture industry, seafood safety and fish health and welfare, as well as preparedness against acute pollution.
Support Where it is Needed
Norway’s commitment to research within the fishing industry is shown through its financial support within areas that include marine and coastal habitat analysis, fish health, fishery technology, aquaculture and business development. The Research Council of Norway acts as an advisor to the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, with a portion of public subsidies channelled through the Council to ensure that funding best serves the present and future industry.
Another important institution is SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia. Within SINTEF, the Fisheries and Aquaculture operational unit focuses on the entire value chain – from biological and marine production, aquaculture and fisheries to processing and distribution.
The Fishery and Aquaculture Industry Research Fund (FHF) sees to it that funding is in place with benefits that can reach all parts of the industry, distributed in the form of grants for research programmes and major projects. The FHF manages a funding scheme for industrial research and development work within fisheries and aquaculture, and is based on a levy of 0.3 percent on all exported fish and fish products.
Understanding the Environment
Current FHF projects include funding for the development of a new product for fishing boats called SEAT (School Exploration and Analysis Tool) which will make it possible to evaluate exact species of fish. Another FHF priority is the energy economization of fishing boats.
Norway has large areas of unexplored seabeds, and their exploration is important in understanding – and protecting – the ocean environment. The Institute of Marine Research is leading the ongoing MAREANO project to scan and map these Norwegian coastal and oceanic seabeds through surveys and studies of its physical, biological and chemical environment. The result is the ongoing development of a marine area database covering Norway’s coastal and marine areas.
The MAREANO project shows Arctic seabed life in detail never before seen. Pictured here is a sunstar at a depth of 300 metres.
Fishing Gear Expertise
Norway has always lived and worked with the sea, and this history is clearly shown through fishing products and services respected far beyond Norwegian shores, including such diverse areas as fishing line equipment, the upgrading of fishing vessels, fish detection technology, fish freezer technology, and propulsion/motion control. Norwegian companies such as Helseth, Optimar Giske, Peterson Emballasje, Scana Volda and Sleipner Motor show the importance of tradition, innovation and knowledge.
Norwegian companies supplying solid shipbuilding expertise and technology for the fishing industry include Aas Mek.Verksted, which specializes in building new fishing vessels for the coastal and ocean fleet as well as the design and construction of live fish carriers for the fish farming industry. The company’s shipyard offers newbuilding, rebuilding and services for nearly all types of vessels up to 80 metres of length in an enclosed slipway.
Power & Control
Rolls-Royce Marine’s head office is based in Norway, and the group’s technology and experience has provided customer satisfaction around the globe with its design, development, production and delivery of a wide range of customized ship systems for fishing vessels. Complete ship systems include stern trawlers, pelagic trawlers, longliners and oceanographic vessels.
Kongsberg Maritime delivers state-of-the-art technology for fishing vessels with products such as the K-Chief 5000 marine automation system and the AIS 200 automatic identification system. Other Kongsberg products include navigator safety systems, pressure transmitters and voyage data recorders – all designed to increase safety and efficiency at sea.
Catching the Fish
Simrad is the world’s most recognized brand in professional fish-finding equipment, offering worldwide sales and service of its advanced sonars, echo sounders and catch monitor instrumentation. Simrad echo sounders include the Simrad EK60, the most modern scientific echo sounders on the market. This echo sounder has been developed based on more than 50 years of research and development in cooperation with leading marine scientists, and has become an international standard for fish stock assessment.
Mustad Longline is the developer of the Mustad Autoline System, a resource-friendly fishing system that has mechanized longline fishing worldwide. With over 700 systems in use, the system has gained the reputation of contributing to increased catches of large fish of excellent quality as well as more effective targeting of the correct species – all of which leads to reduced waste and increased profit.
Fresh & Safe
The Norwegian company Sæplast Norge supplies high-quality double wall containers in a number of sizes to ensure that once fish are caught, they are efficiently stored in order to raise catch values. Tough and resilient, these containers can be stacked for simple handling, making them both practical and user-friendly.
Keeping fish iced is a key to freshness, and the Norwegian company Finsam Refrigeration is an engineering expert in this field, delivering solutions related to ice plants, ice machines, compressors, condensers and cooling systems. Ice plants are tailored to customer needs and include containerized, prefabricated and tailor-made alternatives.
Cflow Fish Handling helps preserve seafood quality through its focus on the careful, continuous, controlled and chilled flow of fish from the sea to the processing lines. Expertise and equipment that include vacuum pumps, well boat and fishing vessel technologies, processing plants and a new version of its patented control system have made Cflow a recognized name in the field.
Careful, continuous, controlled and chilled flow is at the core of Cflow vacuum pump technology.