Norwegian institutes establish research company in Chile – Fishupdate.com

Norwegian institutes establish research company in Chile Published:  13 August, 2007

THREE Norwegian institutes have established a Chilean company for applied aquaculture research, it was announced today.

The name of the new company, AVS Chile SA, reflects the three institutes that join their knowledge in fish biology, fish health and aquaculture technology. AVS Chile will in the coming year build up a research organisation, based on the broad competence of the institutes. This will be accomplished in close co-operation with the Chilean aquaculture industry and authorities.

The mission of AVS Chile is to create knowledge for a profitable, healthy and sustainable aquaculture industry in Chile. It’s vision is to become the leading applied aquaculture R&D institution in Chile.

AVS Chile will take advantage of the competence built up in the mother companies, recruit top scientists and train young talent from mainly Chile and Norway. It aims to be an engine for fast two-way transfer of scientific knowledge, scientists and students between Norway and Chile. AVS Chile has at present a staff of two experienced researchers from Norway and Chile, and further recruitment is planned.

The companies are considering building a state-of-the art research station for aquaculture in Chile, where biology, veterinary and technology science research can be conducted.

Dr Jan Olli is appointed as Managing Director for AVS Chile. He has worked within R&D in aquaculture for about 20 years. He started his career in AKVAFORSK as PhD associate and senior researcher, moved to BioMar as R&D manager, and lately he has been in the consulting company Asplan Viak. Dr Jan Olli has a masters degree in animal science and a doctorate in fish nutrition and management.

AKVAFORSK and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture will be exhibiting at AQUA NOR in Trondheim this week. AVS Chile will also arrange the seminar “Salmon Industry in Chile and Norway – How can research and technology development help meet our challenges?” The seminar is due to take place on August 15 from 9am-2pm at Hotel Britannia.

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