SALMODIS project: Getting an overall view to get salmon diseases under control / July 1, 2011 16:45
It should soon become easier to identify measures that will also be effective in the long term when outbreaks of disease in salmon farms need to be prevented or combatted, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to SINTEF (the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia).
This is the goal of scientists who have joined forces with the salmon farming industry to develop much longed-for support tools that will help fish farmers and the authorities through the important decision-making phases of the struggle against salmon diseases.
The multidisciplinary research group that has taken on this task has a non-traditional composition, in that it includes expertise ranging from from health economics to control systems technology.
Making cost-benefit ratios visible
Major aquaculture companies among participants
The project's industrial members; Salmar, Lerøy Seafood Group and Marine Harvest, which together account for almost half of Norway's salmon production, are putting their own efforts and expertise into the project.
First steps towards a general-purpose tool
According to the project manager, the software tool will need to be able to deal with epidemiological aspects of disease such as its causes, development, consequences and spread, as well as the economic and environmental downstream effects of various measures aimed at fighting disease, not to mention interactions with the local community.
Model development and integration
"It is an aim in itself to develop good analytical systems for each of these fields. Afterwards, we will try to integrate them into larger data models," says Bjelland.
Specifically, the group will look at how the individual models can be used to analyse two historical events; the spread of the salmon louse in mid-Norway and the outbreak of salmon pancreas disease in the same part of the country.
Decision support and alarms
Unique combination of expertise
The list of scientific personnel who are making contributions to the project includes specialists in industrial design, control theory and systems analysis, organisation theory, social anthropology, epidemiology/food-borne disease, agricultural economics and animal health, as well as mathematics and statistics.
by Svein Tønseth
SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture
Published by FISHNET.RU
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