Contributing to Food Security and Nutrition
Over the past decades, aquaculture has become one of the fastest growing animal production sectors in the world. Seafood plays a significant, but not yet fully recognized important solution in global climate friendly food production, food security and nutrition.
The cluster is aware of the environmental and social responsibilities and environmental sustainability is a prerequisite for long-term development and growth. Through continued efforts to understand the impact of our operations, the clusters is dedicated not only to reduce our environmental impact but to create new business opportunities and solutions that will make Norway a front runner in environmental responsibility.
The clusters main partners sees the sustainable growth in the wider context of sustainability, namely in the development of solutions that are environmentally, but at the same time economically and socio-economically sustainable. Analysis shows that the aquaculture and seafood industry plays an important role in both job creation and development of coastal societies. The ripple effect is an important part of the development of the bioeconomy.
Sustainable Value Chain
The Seafood Innovation Cluster is one of the most complete seafood clusters in the world, and represents a fully integrated value chain. The Seafood Innovation Cluster has achieved a global position as the world's largest producer of farmed salmon offering farmed salmon and processed seafood to customers in more than 70 markets worldwide.
Norway is unmatched in terms of coastal food production, and with their global position, the cluster partners are committed to making an effort in terms of reducing the environmental and ecological footprint. The Cluster have wide-ranging research facilities all aimed at eradicating the environmental problems facing the seafood industry both now and in the future. The wide variety of Cluster partners contributing to the shared environmental efforts, gives us the opportunity to make improvements in all parts of the seafood value chain, from the EWOS fish health centre in Los Lagos, Chile to the Centre for Aquaculture Competence outside Stavanger, Norway.
To meet the ever-growing demand for seafood, it is important for the seafood industry to continously increase production. This means that a constant focus on research, development, technology and innovation is needed to be able to find new and innovative ways in which the seafood industry can continue to grow. Limited coastal space, increasing competition on the global market and suffering economies impeding investment are all challenges the seafood industry have to face. The Seafood Innovation Cluster are dedicated to meet these challenges and find solutions which secures sustainable growth in the production of seafood.
More than anything else, the seafood industry is responsible for creating food security in developing countries. The United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture department have stated that 10-12 % of the world depends on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihood, and that world aquaculture production now provides almost half of all fish for human consumption. This highlights the importance of seafood production outpacing population growth. The Seafood Innovation Cluster want to be a part of the process of securing the food supply for future generations, and keeping the seafood industry socially sustainable.