Freshwater fish farming on a roll –

Freshwater fish farming on a roll Published:  14 February, 2007

Several freshwater species, including perch, are of interest for farming

INCREASINGLY more people want to start farming freshwater fish such as charr and perch.

According to Fiskeriforskning, marketing and production are amongst the topics at a special conference on freshwater aquaculture.

“In Norway and several other countries, farming of freshwater fish is an area in growth”, says Senior Scientist Sten Siikavuopio, who has worked a lot with charr and European whitefish in recent years.

Farmers in particular have regarded freshwater aquaculture as a supplemental industry or an alternative to agriculture.

Here in Norway, several freshwater species are of interest for farming. Some trout and charr are already being produced, and these can be followed by European whitefish, burbot and perch.

On March 14 and 15, people from the industry, research and administration will meet for the conference at Gardermoen. Some of the topics will be marketing, processing and specific challenges associated with production, such as water quality and feeding.

This is the second time the conference is being held, which will be an annual meeting place for the new aquaculture industry.

The Norwegian Freshwater Fish Association, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Fiskeriforskning are behind the conference. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.