Halibut farm. (Photo Credit: Nordic Halibut)
Research into halibut farming deepened
Friday, November 08, 2013, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
Scientists from Institute of Marine Research (IMR) are to participate in a new European Union (EU) project together with nearly 40 partners in order to solve certain obstacles stopping halibut farming development.
The aim of the five-year project, which has been granted about NOK 70 million (EUR 9 million), is to enable aquaculture diversification through the solution of certain issues presented in some selected species and to this end, six species are to be studied, one of which is the halibut.
“As to halibut we will analyse issues connected with nutrition and bacteriology during the first feeding stage,” states Birgitta Norberg, who leads the new project at the Institute of Marine Research.
Norberg considers that to improve halibut farming, egg production must be boosted.
The tasks researchers will develop include the design of protocols that can be used in halibut farming, the creation of a vaccine against nodavirus and the establishment of vaccination procedures during the halibut larvae stage, which is the most vulnerable period to disease outbreaks.
IMR scientists are to develop the project together with researchers from National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) and Skretting and Sterling Seafood Corporation are to join as business partners.