Iranians consult Norwegian aquaculture expertise
Delegates from the Iranian Fisheries Organization recently visited SalmoBreed in Bergen, on a trip organized by Nofima and the FAO to highlight the latest developments in breeding and genetics in aquaculture.
Iran produces both rainbow trout and a Caspian species of trout, Salmo trutta caspius. They want to genetically improve their fish populations and Nofima has commissioned a web course for Iranian breeders on behalf of FAO. 5m Publishing – the company behind The Fish Site – has been responsible for planning and building the course. The goal is to strengthen the expertise of Iranian breeders, and help them find a functional breeding system.
“5m are delighted to partner with Nofima on delivery of this distance learning course which represents an important initiative. Building on the successful courses that we run for St Andrew’s University, 5m are developing partnerships with research establishments, universities and industry to deliver a new range of distance learning training to aquaculture industry personnel,” says Nigel Balmforth, 5m’s head of publishing.
The three guests also visited Lerøy Seafood, Blom Fiskeoppdrett and Marine Harvest during their visit to Bergen, before travelling to Sunndalsøra to visit Akvaforsk Genetics.
Senior researcher Hooman Moghadam from Nofima was both host and interpreter for the travelers, and he was supported by SalmoBreed’s head of genetics, Borghild Hillestad, for two days.
“The guests were very happy with the visit, they said they had received a lot of interesting information. They praised the efficiency of production at the facilities they visited, and thought that the technology has the potential to be used directly in their own production,” says Moghadam. “Their hope is that some of what they have learned will help make aquaculture production in Iran more efficient.”
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