NOMINATIONS are now open for the sought after Aqua Nor innovation award, the winner of which will be announced at this year’s exhibition in Trondheim in August.
Companies or individuals from all over the world that supply equipment or services to the aquaculture industry, or are in the aquaculture industry, are invited to apply for the award.
In 2017, the last time the awards were staged, Dundee based Ace Aquactec beat off stiff Norwegian competition to win the NOK 100,000 (about £9,000) prize money.
Ace’s Nathan Pyne-Carter, who picked up the award for his humane slaughter electric stunner, said the prize would raise the company’s profile. He has since gone on to open offices around the world, and last year won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category.
The Aqua Nor jury said: ‘It is believed that the system has the potential to transform welfare and efficiencies in aquaculture and mariculture worldwide for fish and crustaceans.’
The Nor-Fishing Foundation, which runs the biennial Aqua Nor show, wants to stimulate R&D activities in companies and among individuals, and does not consider research institutions for the innovation award.
Those eligible must be affiliated with company(s) or individuals, and the project that forms the basis of the application must be owned by the applicant, but can be carried out in collaboration with the research environment.
The deadline for applying for the innovation award is May 1, and the winner will be revealed on August 20, at the opening of Aqua Nor 2019.
For more information about entering, visit www.aqua-nor.no/innovation-award-2019-application.
Picture: Nathan Pyne-Carter of Ace Aquatec picks up part of his award from then Norwegian fisheries minister Per Sandberg at Aqua Nor 2017