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Salmon industry

Salmon - Norway's most important livestock

Over the course of just a few years, salmon farming has become one of Norway's most important industries. Yet we know little about the salmon. New research raises the fish to its rightful place as one of Norway’s most important livestock.

Tailor-made medicine to fight the salmon louse

The salmon louse has become ever more resistant to drugs. The Sea Lice Research Centre in Bergen works to find new solutions to fight it.

Salmon genome fully sequenced

After five years of international research cooperation between Norway, Chile and Canada, the Atlantic salmon’s genetic material has been fully sequenced.

The fish feed of the future grows in the woods

Yeast produced using chips from Norwegian spruce trees and bacterial meal grown on natural gas from the North Sea become high quality proteins for farmed fish.

Not just one type of salmon louse

New results show that there are two sub-species of salmon lice. This fact may be vital to the development of new lice treatments for salmon, since different sub-species don’t necessarily react in the same way to medications.

New DNA test for escaped salmon

Scientists have developed a new DNA test for escaped salmon that makes it easy to track down the responsible fish farm.

Farmed salmon are as fertile as wild salmon

The sperm from farmed male salmon are just as likely as the sperm of wild salmon to succeed in fertilising wild salmon eggs, experiments have shown. Researchers recommend that farmed salmon be made sterile.

Wild and farmed fish infect each other

A genetic comparison of the virus associated with the disease HSMI shows that virus transmission probably occurs between farmed and wild fish.

The lifecycle of the salmon louse has changed

Originally, the salmon louse was described to have nine larval stages, but a new study shows that it only has seven.

One million sterile farmed salmon into the sea

This year fish companies are raising one million sterile salmon in sea cages to prevent them from breeding with their wild counterparts.