Workshop on August 23, 2022 - Fish2Fork Week in Molde

       Within the scope of the Fish2Fork project, a research partnership was developed between INOV, ISCTE University (Portugal) and Molde University (Norway). In this sense, a team of Portuguese researchers – Professor João Carlos Ferreira, Professor Ana Lúcia Martins, Professor Augusto Casaca, PhD student Ulpan Tokkozhina and Master’s student Ana Rita Pires – traveled to Norway to attend and participate in workshops and visit companies that belong to or collaborate with the Fishfarms industry.
    The first contact took place on the campus of the Molde University, where a workshop was held between research teams and guests from the sector. The session began with the presentation of the project by Berit Helgheim (Associate Professor in Molde) and João Carlos Ferreira. This was followed by the distinguished Per Gunnar Kvenseth, marine biologist and current senior consultant at Nekton, who reflected on the impact of technology development on fishfarm production, reporting on professional experiences that contextualize the challenges the industry faces. The biologist remembered that it is necessary to recognize the problems of aquaculture, instead of only praising its benefits, in order to ensure their proper functioning.

Figure 1 - Presentation on sustainable fishfarms by Per Gunnar Kvenseth

    Next, Master’s student Ana Rita Pires gave a brief lecture on the potential of new technologies and data analysis in the sustainable and efficient growth of the sector, which is expected to support 62% of world demand of fish by 2030. Aquaculture is the animal production sector that has evolved the most in the last 30 years, therefore it is paramount to create faster, more adequate and even autonomous solutions that effectively improve the welfare of animals and their production.

Figure 2 - Presentation about the use of technologies in Fishfarming by Ana Rita Pires

    The morning ended with a presentation by Kristoffer Singstad, CEO and founder of Singstad Analytics, which displayed several Aquaculture data: by collecting, cleaning and integrating this data it is possible, with great ease, to identify and understand variables such as locations, quantities or type of fishfarm production on world maps.

Figure 3 - Presentation on Data Visualization by Kristoffer Singstad

    In the afternoon, Ulpan Tokkozhina presented her PhD thesis "Supply Chain with Blockchain” in the supply of fish in Portugal. During her investigation, she managed to identify consumption preferences, through surveys, and expose how the Blockchain solution can strengthen the supply chain at all stages of the process due to the security between parties that it offers.

Figure 4 - Presentation of PhD thesis "Supply Chain with Blockchain" by Ulpan Tokkozhina

    The last speaker of the workshop was Stephan Nilsson, CEO and founder of the Blockchain Implementer and Evangelis Company. The entrepreneur, (re)known around the world for his work in the Blockchain area, explained what the technology consists of and how his company is using and monetizing it. In line with the work of the previous student, the idea of Blockchain transparency and reliability was reinforced, as all changes to the data are mappable.

Figure 5 - Presentation about Blockchain and its benefits by Stephan Nilsson

    The importance of this type of interaction between professionals and researchers from different areas was evident at the conclusion of the sessions, where the participants took the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge. All approaches to the Fishfarms theme have their relevance and impact on building a more efficient, sustainable and even profitable industry.

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