Offshore Aquaculture – Matching Technology to Challenges of Exposed Fish Farming

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Webinar: Offshore Aquaculture – Matching Technology to Challenges of Exposed Fish Farming

Wednesday 13th October, 3pm – 4.30pm (AEDT)


In step with the increasing population, demand for seafood is generally expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Fish farmers are recognising that they will need to employ new technologies and solutions to meet this demand.

This webinar will give an introduction to some of the possibilities and challenges associated with offshore aquaculture and DNV’s approach to dealing with risks associated with this emerging industry.

Marine Aquaculture Forecast developed by DNV was recently published. We will present a prediction of the developments of seafood demand up to 2050 considering not just population growth, but social trends and changes in living standards to estimate demand for food.

Going offshore with aquaculture is about pushing limits.

Today’s fish farming installations are growing increasingly complex, with a progressive impact on project risk and operational safety. It is, therefore, crucial to handle the technology’s risks and implementation appropriately.

Much is expected from aquaculture production in the coming decades. To fulfil these expectations, the industry needs both to develop existing segments and to cultivate new ones.

A fast-growing aquaculture industry spurs the need to develop new technologies. However, the industry needs to prove that the novel concept works as intended in a safe and sustainable way. To develop new solutions and bring them efficiently, safely, and credibly to the market. This webinar addresses how DNV contributes to this with recognised Maritime Certification concepts.

Offshore aquaculture is still something of a novelty, with existing ‘offshore’ developments falling more into the category of exposed areas rather than fully offshore.

We will also reflect on how development and competence-building are needed in several fields for the deeper water opportunities to be realised. As well as solutions for sustainability combined with digital transformation and how these are essentials to succeed in this emerging segment.


Name: Per Arild Aland
Affiliation: Business Development Manager, DNV Maritime – Offshore Classification

Mr. Per Arild Aland has been working with advanced offshore service vessels and offshore installations as well as digitization for most of his 25 years in the marine & offshore industry. He has an MSc from University of Surrey, England combined with business and economics studies at universities in Norway. Supply chain management, capability review of suppliers & shipyards, CE-marking, risk assessments and system/software integrity have been main activities throughout his career. The last few years Mr. Aland has been involved in ensuring safety and operational excellence in the emerging segments of offshore renewables and exposed fish farming/aquaculture. Currently, he is attending to Offshore Classification and Business Development at DNV Head Office, Oslo.



Name: Dr Gunilla Burrows
Affiliation: Board Member, Blue Economy CRC

Dr Gunilla Burrowes has over 30 years of corporate experience across academia and industry and is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, technology commercialisation and improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Gunilla is a pillar of the Newcastle innovation ecosystem, having co-founded her own tech company, BlueZone Group in 2000. She is the inaugural Chair of Eighteen04 (an inspirational co-working and incubator space for companies scaling in the clean tech and smart city area) and an instigator of Hunter iF project (an open consortium of leading organisations in the Hunter that supports the growing startup ecosystem in the region). She is a member of the Hunter Angels and has been an Angel Investor for over 10 years. Along with Gunilla’s industrial expertise and her pro-active fostering of innovation across the region, she’s also co-founder of a consultancy, Gender Matters that advises organisations on gender equity.

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