The overall aim of the KABIS project is to reinforce aquaculture-oriented research and higher education in Western Norway and to strengthen the extensive innovation efforts by the industry to develop more environmentally friendly farming systems. These include land-based recirculating systems (RAS) and floating semi-closed containment systems (S-CCS) that will significantly contribute to the competitive and sustainable growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry. KABIS will further develop and strengthen the interaction in the regional aquaculture landscape by uniting and strengthening the following competencies during the current industry transformation processes,
The project's objectives are:
Main goal: To strengthen and focus the research and education capacity in Bergen to better support the innovation and change processes that are ongoing in the aquaculture industry in terms of conversion to new environmentally friendly closed farming technology.
Sub-goal 1: To strengthen the higher university level edication in Bergen within sustainable farming technology, production biology, aquaculture technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sub-goal 2: To arrange and facilitate two-way mobility for students and employees between R&D institutions and aquaculture companies, nationally and internationally.
Sub-goal 3: To stimulate to increased research activity within the participating aquaculture companies by facilitating to increased use of experimental student assignments on master's, siv.ing. and PhD level in the field, and which focus on applied problem areas.
Sub-goal 4: To identify and facilitate the individual company's use of R&D results and networks in the further testing of future production strategies and new technologies.
The following has been achieved during the project period 2018-2022:
1. Update of teaching material for siv.ing. study, and strengthened cooperation between UiB and HVL regarding teaching within the various subjects.
2. Recruitment of new professional and technical personnel.
3. Involvement of professional personnel from the aquaculture industry in teaching.
4. Establishment of a network of RAS research and production facilities at HIB and the aquaculture companies which are made available for business-oriented research and student assignments.
5. Three RAS courses have been established and completed at HIB with very good feedback from the participants.
6. Establishment of a new flow-through aquaculture laboratory at HIB for studies of metabolic parameters in fish at varying swimming speeds.
7. Establishment of PhD research tasks and enhanced student recruitment at bachelor and master levels, also including cooperation with the aquaculture industry.
8. Establishment of meeting forums and professional arenas where researchers, students and industry meet regularly to exchange experiences, ideas and research results. The Kabis Impact Forum is such an event where research and production-related topics are highlighted and discussed regularly, and Impact Dissemination Forum where research personnel and students communicate new results that have been achieved .
9. Five Kabis Newsletters have been produced and published in 2022.
10. A 3,5 min video presentation of Kabis has been edited and is available online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DQ7BtCBj28
11. Kabis collaborates with Blue Planet Academy in Stavanger on the development of online teaching videos about aquaculture, so far approx. 25 videoes have been produced. https://blueplanetacademy.com/no
12. Contact and partly collaboration with other Norwegian FORREGION projects have been established.
13. Eleven new project have been rewarded support from NFR and other resources within the subject areas of KABIS.
14. Twentyone of the project's 24 milestones have been achieved. The residual 3 are well under way.
15. 14 Aquaculture engineers (Siv.ings) have graduated., 2 Master and 2 PhDs in 2022.
16. Thirteen scientific peer review articles have been published.
KABIS has been crucial to carry out these activities with the achieved quality and speed. Furthermore, the project has clearly contributed to increased cooperation between academia and the aquaculture companies in Western Norway. Under the auspices of the KABIS's learning platforms, the participants have identified new and intriguing research, teaching and innovation focus areas, and is expressed through the companies' engagement in the KABIS meeting areas. The objectives are to provide an update on the project's status and results, as well as discuss relevant issues that can form the basis for new research projects and student assignments.
KABIS-prosjektets overordnete idé er å forsterke, og målrette, den havbruksorienterte forskning og høyere undervisning i regionen slik at denne bygger opp under, og styrker, innovasjonsarbeidet og omstillingen som nå pågår for å utvikle miljøvennlige oppdrettssystemer. Dette gjelder bl.a. landbaserte resirkuleringsanlegg (RAS) og flytende semi-lukkede anlegg i sjø (S-CCS)som skal bidra til en konkurransedyktig og bærekraftig vekst i norsk havbruksnæring. Prosjektet skal videreutvikle, og styrke, samspillet i det regionale havbrukslandskapet ved å forene, og styrke, følgende kompetanser og tilbud i omstillingsprosessene næringen nå gjennomgår, herunder:
1. Styrke den operasjonelle og anvendte forskningen på miljøvennlige oppdrettssystemer.
2. Utvikle behovsbaserte og innovasjonsorienterte utdanningsprogram (master/siv.ing., PhD).
3. Utvikle forskningsbasert kunnskap om innovasjon i regionale næringsmiljø med fokus på implementering av FoU resultat i produksjon, tilrettelegging og ledelse av samhandlings- baserte innovasjonsprosesser.
I tillegg til å utvikle et velfungerende regionalt innovasjonssystem innen havbruk, vil prosjektet styrke havbruksnæringen nasjonalt og internasjonalt gjennom å utvikle ny framtidsrettet kompetanse knyttet til bærekraftig oppdrettsteknologi i tett dialog med relevante nærings og FoU partnere. Addisjonaliteten knyttet til denne aktiviteten vil bidra til at oppdrettsnæringen skal lykkes i de pågående endringsprosessene.