Project Manager: Jan Tore Fagertun, SINTEF Ocean
Partners: SINTEF Ocean, Marine Harvest Norway AS, Salmar Farming AS, Cermaq Norway AS, Kongsberg Seatex AS and Aqualine AS
Duration: Q3 2015 – Q4 2018 (Phase 1) and Q1 2019 – Q4 2019 (Phase 2)

Fish farming in exposed localities requires robust and reliable installations that provide a setting for safe operations and sustainable, efficient production. Data from meteorological, motion and water quality measurements create a platform for the development of new systems.

The aim of the P8 project is to construct a robust database for the development of new infrastructure systems, operational planning, and as a basis for drafting requirement specifications for vessels and installations used in exposed localities.

Long-term measurement series for waves, currents and wind will be used to produce sound statistical data relating to extreme and operational conditions. Long-term measurement series raise the quality of extreme value statistics.

These statistics can be applied in the preparation of design requirements for new technologies and requirement specifications for vessels and installations used in everyday operations. Measurement series can also be applied in health, environmental and safety assessments for personnel assigned to work on future fish farms in exposed localities.

Such series can also be used in software development and for the validation of laboratory experiments.

Other measurements of parameters such as water temperature, salinity, oxygen concentrations, etc., can be used in production planning, and as such provide key supportive data for economic analyses carried out by the operator. Water quality measurements can also be used in assessments of fish health and welfare, and in risk assessments of fouling and the transmission of disease and parasites, etc.

Motion response measurements for installations and vessels linked to fish farm facilities are also being made.


  • Measurement data from buoys, installations and vessels
  • Construction of a measurement infrastructure for ad hoc measurements (plug and play)
  • Water quality measurements at exposed localities
  • Logging of operational constraints at two localities

Innovation potential:

  • Data to support the development of new systems for use at fish farms and seaweed cultivation facilities in exposed localities
  • Data to support software development/validation of software and laboratory experiments
  • Data to support laboratory calibration


‘Next-generation’ sites(blue dots) and the current sites of Valøyan (Marine Harvest) and Salatskjæra (SalMar Farming) (red dots)

Figure also shows the aquaculture sites Valøyan (Marine Harvest) and Salatskjæra (SalMar Farming). These sites have been used for testing e-Infrastructure and basic sensor equipment until the fish was harvested and the fallowing period started late autumn 2016. Data series from the buoys have been used by other projects in the SFI and by students. The Figure 27 shows maximum waves at the Marine Harvest buoy approaching 6 meters during gale force conditions late December 2016. Buoy data are available for projects partners through a web interface. Aggregated and recent graphs of the environmental conditions at the sites are published here.