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The new broodstock facility in Steigen contributes to the sustainable development of aquaculture, says Norwegian fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker. The facility produce 100 million salmon eggs. Picture:Gorm K. Gaare.

The new broodstock facility in Steigen contributes to the sustainable development of aquaculture, says Norwegian fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker. The facility produce 100 million salmon eggs. Picture:Gorm K. Gaare.

[press release] Norwegian Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker inaugurated a new north Norwegian broodstock facility in Steigen, Norway, Wednesday, September, 16th, 2015.

  • Significant progress in the fight against lice and disease with the most advanced breeding program for salmonids
  • New NOK 160 million facility ensures added value of NOK 15 billion in Northern Norway

 Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker says the new broodstock facility in Steigen contributes to the sustainable development of aquaculture.

 The new facility has already begun production of salmon eggs based on the world's leading breeding programs for farmed salmon.

 -   Quality breeding is a prerequisite for successful aquaculture operations, and Aqua Gen’s and NST’s commitment in Northern Norway is a contribution to sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, says Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker commenting on the establishment of the new facility.

 Nordnorsk Stamfisk AS is the result of a strategic collaboration between several large aquaculture enterprises lead by AquaGen AS and three of the world’s leading producers of fish – Cermaq Norway AS, Northern Salmon farming AS and Nova Sea AS.

 The resort in Steigen, which will be officially opened on Wednesday, September 16th, is the only one in Northern Norway and the most advanced of its kind. To meet the industry’s great challenges, the research-based facility will produce a brood of constantly improving quality.

 Established in 1985, on the basis of breeding research on Atlantic salmon and Rainbow Trout stretching back to the 1960s, AquaGen has evolved into a key business for wealth creation and sustainability in international aquaculture. The company delivers fertilized eggs from both Norway and Chile to the global market.

 Genetic research has developed salmon that meet consumers' increased demands for quality, not to mention salmon resistant to disease. In the years to come it will be breed salmon with better properties in more and more fields; AquaGen has gained breakthroughs in breeding salmon that is resistant to sea lice. Another example is Aqua Gen's pioneering gene technology solutions and DNA-identification of escaped salmon.

The new plant in Steigen sets out with a production capacity of 100 million eggs per year that can be expanded to 150 million, an amount that equals the total egg demand of the region's farming industry - with a total value of NOK 15 billion.

 The opening ceremony in Steigen September 16th, marks a milestone.  The production capacity of fertilized salmon eggs in Northern-Norway is now secured for further growth, a security of supply, and reduced biological risk to the whole industry.

 The new broodstock facility station and the cooperation with fish producers in Steigen is a good, concrete example of the bio-economic development in the aquaculture sector both locally and nationally.

With the broodstock facility and other operations, Steigen consolidates its position as the aquaculture center in the north.

 Not least, new jobs are created locally within an industrial sector that shows strong international growth.

 

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Fisheries Minister Elisabeth Aspaker:

Elisabeth Aspaker

Eisabeth Aspaker

"Quality breeding is a prerequisite for successful aquaculture operations, and Aqua Gen’s and NSTs commitment in Northern Norway is a contribution to sustainable development of the aquaculture industry."

Mayor Asle Schrøder, Steigen:

Asle Schrøder

Asle Schrøder

"As mayor of Steigen I am proud and pleased that four of the world's leading companies in the aquaculture industry are investing in an ultra-modern facility here. This gives many valuable know how jobs locally and confirms Steigen’s position as one of the most complete farming communities in rural Norway."

 

Odd Strøm, Chairman NST and CEO Nova Sea:

Odd Strøm

Odd Strøm

"It has been exciting to follow the establishment of brood fish and egg production in Steigen, from the idea was conceived and until the completion of the world's most modern plant. The strategic cooperation between Aqua Gen and three of the world’s leading fish producers based in northern Norway, forms a unique basis for increased biosecurity, further growth, wealth creation and human resource development of the aquaculture industry in the north. This will mean a lot both for the industry, Steigen, and the entire region. "

 

CEO Rolf Nordmo, AquaGen:

Rolf Nordmo

Rolf Nordmo

"As head of VESO Vikan from 1989 to 2001 I had the opportunity to follow AquaGen’s development with regard to disease resistance. The systematic breeding over many years, with a focus on growth and health, have contributed enormous values for Norwegian and foreign breeders. With the opening of the plant in Steigen northern Norwegian breeders are secured access to eggs of the highest quality.  Together with our partners in Nordnorsk Stamfisk, AquaGen will contribute to further development of this unique genetic material."

 

Odd Magne Rødseth, EVP EW Group, COB AquaGen:

Odd Magne Rødseth

Odd Magne Rødseth

"Norway's future position in the emerging bioeconomy relies on the knowledge-based growth and development of the aquaculture sector. AquaGen has been a driving force for the development and application of new knowledge and technology in salmon breeding. The new center in Steigen helps the salmon industry to become better prepared for sustainable future growth. This new modern facility enables an efficient transfer of research and experience-based knowledge into products with great value for the industry and contributes significantly to the security and predictability regarding egg deliveries and biosecurity. "

 

 

Geir Molvik, CEO Cermaq Norway AS:

Geir Molvik

Geir Molvik

"The development of targeted breeding that results in the salmon best suited for the conditions of Northern Norway is very important for Cermaq. The collaboration with Nordnorsk Stamfisk is a strategic partnership that enhances fish health in the region by ensuring high-quality eggs, and by contributing to infectious agents not spread through breeding. "

 

Inge Berg, CEO Nordlaks:

Inge Berg

Inge Berg

"NST is founded on the idea of long-term strategic cooperation between equal parties and diversification in brood production. The new plant in Steigen builds on the same principles with a focus on quality, choice of materials, technology, and duration, just as we are used to think in Nordlaks."

 

 

For further information and comments, please contact:

 

Rolf Nordmo, CEO. AquaGen AS

rolf.nordmo@aquagen.no

Tel: +47 900 45 797

 

Odd Strøm, Chairman Nordnorsk Stamfisk AS

odd.strom@novasea.no

Tel: +47 901 07 508

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