Project Manager: Hans Bjelland, SINTEF Ocean
Duration: Q1 2017 – Q4 2017
An efficient governance and regulation of the industry will be the key to fulfilling the ambitions of EXPOSED to enable robust, safe and efficient fish farming at exposed locations. The challenges with current exposed farming operations and the new technology concepts under development highlight the needs to assess how governance and regulations could adapt, in order to create the necessary predictability for the aquaculture industry.
The aim of this project has been to study the governance and regulations of the Norwegian aquaculture industry, with focus on production at exposed locations. With its broad scope, EXPOSED is expected to provide knowledge and input that will be highly valuable to future revisions of governance and regulations.
One activity has been to identify how EXPOSED can contribute to the future revision of regulations and standards. Through an initiative by DNV GL, a collaboration has been sought with the relevant authorities: the Directorate of Fisheries, the Maritime Authority and the Labour Inspection Agency. The project leader (Centre manager) has represented EXPOSED in this work group. The purpose has been to draw attention to the regulations and standards applicable for technology and constructions in
the aquaculture industry. In 2017, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries commissioned the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Maritime Directorate to assess the regulations for the building and equipping of aquaculture constructions, as well as the HSE requirements. Representatives for the Directorate of Fisheries,
Maritime Authority and Labour Inspection Agency were invited to an EXPOSED meeting in May and presented the status for this work, as well as their individual strategies and plans as regulatory bodies for the Norwegian aquaculture industry. Through this event, the EXPOSED centre provided a platform for dialogue between EXPOSED partners and authorities. The EXPOSED project decided to await the conclusions of the authorities, but will follow up the matter also in 2018.