SWIMFIT received funding from the Norwegian Research Council in 2019 and will be exploring the effect of swimming training on smolt.

Photo: Norwegian Seafood Council / Marius Fiskum

SWIMFIT aims at creating new protocols for the intensive production of more robust post-smolt salmon using optimized swimming training. The project addresses the health and welfare problems often seen among intensive-reared salmon in the early stages of the sea phase, which may lead to large economic losses for the industry. Previous experience has shown positive effects on fish health using swimming training as an integrated part of the rearing process, and the project wishes to dive deeper into this phenomenon and to uncover the possibility to add physical training to rearing protocols.

The KABIS project has been an important arena in identifying the need for producing a more robust post-smolt, and for facilitating a collaborating platform between important industry actors central to the project.

The project had its kick-off meeting on September 29 and is planned to be completed by December 2023.

Professor Sigurd Handeland at the University of Bergen will be leading the project in cooperation with Leroy Seafood Group ASA (responsible for the project) and project partners Bremnes Seashore AS, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Akvaplan NIVA AS, NOFIMA AS, and international partners University of Stirling (Scotland), University of Goteborg (Sweden), University of Hokkaido (Japan), University of Radboud (The Netherlands).

For more information, contact sigurd.handeland@uib.no