June 19th, 2017 by admin
3 finalists have been announced!
Never before have there been so many candidates for the Nor-Fishing Foundation Innovation Award.
Aqua Nor has received a total of 28 applications for this year’s Innovation Award from companies in 14 countries, including Norway. This represents a 64% increase in applications compared to Aqua Nor 2015. Chairman of the Board Liv Holmefjord and Director Ola Eriksen are delighted about the interest.
The jury has, – as in previous years -, consisted of Manager Kjell Maroni of the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (Chairman), Senior Advisor Jan Henrik Sandberg of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, and Senior Advisor Oddvar Staulen of Innovation Norway. Selecting the finalists has been a difficult task, taking into account such parameters as degree of innovation, the project’s importance to the aquaculture industry, and the international market potential for the product/service. The Jury has based its decision on information provided in the applications.
The following three finalists for this year’s Award are:
Ace Aquatec Ltd., Inverness, Scotland has developed a sophisticated pipeline in-water electric stunner capable of stunning fish 1m from the holding pen prior to pumping. The system comprises 3-5 electrodes and connected switching electronics capable of rendering the fish unconscious within 1 second without damage to flesh. It is believed that this system has the potential to transform welfare and efficiencies in aquaculture and marin culture worldwide for fish and crustaceans.
OptoScale AS, Trondheim, Norway has developed a system for biomass measuring with an accuracy of 99%. The system involves lighting the fish with laser lighting, which gives a unique distance to each point on the fish. This then creates a 3D model which gives a very accurate estimate of volume and consequently also the weight of the fish. The system can measure about 1000 fish per day.
Planktonic AS, Trondheim, Norway, has developed an innovative live feed for marine juveniles. This includes a method for harvesting large amounts of animal plankton in the ocean, which is then crypto-preserved. The plankton is packed in sacks of 600 g, corresponding to 30 million plankton individuals, and these are stored in thermos flasks with liquid hydrogen. When this feed is to be used, it is thawed in seawater according to a special procedure, and the plankton then becomes live again and therefore constitutes a natural feed with the correct nutrition components for the fish juveniles.
The Board of Directors of the Nor-Fishing Foundation will discuss the Jury’s proposal in a meeting on the 14th of August, and this year’s Innovation Award, consisting of a diploma and a cheque for NOK 100 000, will then be presented to the winner by the Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Per Sandberg and Chairman of the Board Liv Holmefjord during the official opening of Aqua Nor 2017 on Tuesday 15 August 2017.
For further information: Secretary to the Jury Odd Berg, +47 901 19 942, firstname.lastname@example.org