Kongsberg Maritime presents The Full Picture for aquaculture at Aqua Nor 2015

For the first time ever, Kongsberg Maritime was present at the world’s largest aquaculture exhibition, Aqua Nor, held in Trondheim in August.

  • Gunvor Hatling Midtbø
    Vice President, Communications

* Aqua Nor was established in 1979.
* The show is held biennially in Trondheim, Norway.
* It is the world’s largest exhibition for aquaculture.

Presenting technology, processes and services related to the farming of salmon and other marine species, shellfish, and more.

This year’s show attracted a record number of 20848 visitorscfrom 76 countries.

Represented by staff from various business units and departments, Kongsberg Maritime showcased its vast variety of products designed for the future of fishery and aquaculture. The show marked the first time that Kongsberg Maritime has displayed its complete product line for aquaculture, and the concept generated significant interest. “Aquaculture is one of the main focus areas for Kongsberg Maritime going forward, so this was the right time for us to attend Aqua Nor,” explained Thor Hukkelås, in charge of coordinating aquaculture offerings in Kongsberg Maritime. “Only 2% of the world’s food production comes from the ocean, and only 2% of this is from Norwegian aquaculture, so there is a huge potential for increased production of seafood along the Norwegian coast. Using our long coastline and offshore ocean areas to produce healthy food for the world’s growing population is surely one of the most meaningful activities that we can be involved in,” said Hukkelås.

 There were 550 exhibitors from 27 countries at Aqua Nor 2015.

As a partner in the newly established SFI Exposed Aquaculture Operations, managed by the research organisation SINTEF, Kongsberg Maritime can provide a range of various systems for aquaculture, such as different types of sensors and echo sounders for real time visualization of fish distribution, allowing for monitoring of such factors as fish behaviour, size distribution, activity levels and position. Kongsberg Maritime also offers several other systems for fish farms, such as automation, navigation and communication systems for data transfer to shore. “None of these products are new in our portfolio. They are all based on technology proven over decades. The challenge is to integrate these systems, gather vast amounts of data from a large number of different subsea sensors, and present the data to the human operator in a meaningful and intuitive way,” Hukkelås comments. Increasing demand for food Minister of Fisheries Elisabeth Aspaker gave the opening address at the exhibition, focusing on the growing world population and the increasing need for sustainable food production such as fishery and seafood. “We live in a world in dramatic change. While our climate is shifting, world population is increasing by the day. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on earth. The demand for clean and affordable energy will surge, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, food demand will increase by a staggering 100%. Feeding a growing world population is one of the major challenges facing the global community today, and fish and seafood are a crucial part of the solution,” said Aspaker. “The potential for sustainable growth and wealth creation within fisheries and aquaculture is great. Yet, at the same time the industry is faced with challenges related to sustainability and green growth. The good news is that we have more and more examples showing that marine sectors such as fisheries and aquaculture can be managed in a way that meets the three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and economic,” Aspaker concluded.