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Happy Fish – Important?

Gjest: Solveig Nygaard and Cecilie Walde

Global fish health manager and PhD candidate/researcher

Grieg Seafood ASA and Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI)

Med Vert: Silvija Seres

In this episode of #, LORN Silvija talks to Solveig Nygaard, the global fish health manager in Grieg Seafood ASA, and Cecilie Walde a Ph.D. candidate/researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI). It is an in-depth look into the biological applications of the AquaCloud, and where, or even if there is a tradeoff between the welfare of fish and optimized production. Silvija’s curiosity (especially when it comes to the pure scale, technology, and depth of a fish farm) and the guests passion leads to discussions about how to define a ‘happy fish’, both psychologically and physically, and what the knock-on effects in the industry will be from a focus on fish welfare.  


Who are you, personally and professionally?     
Solveig: I am the Global Fish Health Manager in Grieg Seafood ASA. I have been working with fish health since 1985.  
Cecilie: 37 years old, working mum to three small kids, long retired rower at Norwegian national team. Worked with fish health and diagnosing diseases in fish for many years at NVI, and in-field working for Solveig Nygaard actually. 

What are your education and hobbies? 
Solveig: Veterinarian, a specialist in fish diseases. Hobbies: outdoor activity, and training, and organizing theatre activities for children. Cecilie: Master's degree in Fish health biologist from University in Bergen (UiB) and Economy studies at NHH+ UiB+ University in Utrecht. Currently doing a Ph.D. in the field of epidemiology and economy. No time for hobbies with three small kids- sleeping and eating is prioritized!   

What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?  
Solveig: My department in Grieg Seafood is a support for the production in the 5 regions. Cecilie: Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a biomedical research institute, and the national leading center of expertise in biosecurity in fish and land animals. The aim of the institute is to become Norway’s center of preparedness for One Health.  

What does digital transformation mean to you? 
Solveig: Simplifying today’s registrations. Cecilie: Putting numbers on performance/daily activities into databases/surveillance. 

Your own most important job projects in the last year?    
Solveig: Standardize internal registrations of fish welfare and evaluation of sea lice treatments. Also, it is important to exchange internal and external information to improve our production,  Cecilie: Published article on mortality after delousing operations as part of the PhD-work.  

What are your main new perspectives gained from Covid?    
Solveig: Optimistic for the fall in 2021- and remind myself of new experiences of covid 19. Cecilie:  Not a new perspective, but enforced – preparedness is only a cost when nothing happens, but it’s a bigger price to pay, not to be prepared when it happens. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure- Benjamin Franklin.  

What are your 3 best management tips?    
Solveig: Interested, open, honest. Cecilie: Structure, generosity, understanding. 

Any important sustainability perspectives?   
Solveig: We have to focus on sustainability in private and business life.  
Cecilie: Regarding aquaculture: Reducing mortality, improving health and welfare. 

And finally, what motivates your work? 
Solveig: The feeling to do something useful, and making improvements.  
Cecilie: Understanding the linkage and forming a better linkage between biology and economy. 

Dette LØRNER du:

Practicalities of fish farming 
Production timelines 
Fish Sensitivity 
Value of Understanding Nature 

Anbefalt litteratur:

Solveig: Novels and films about history or foreign cultures.  
Cecilie: Moby Dick by Herman Melville 
Improving the use of economics in animal health - challenges in research policy and education - Jonathan Rushton 

Care and be involved 

Solveig Nygaard and Cecilie Walde

Dette er Grieg Seafood ASA and Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI)

Grieg Seafood is one of the world’s leading salmon farming companies, targeting 80 000 tonnes of harvest in 2021 (excluding Shetland, which will be sold when the time is right) and 130 000 tonnes in 2025. Their farms are in Finnmark and Rogaland in Norway, British Columbia and Newfoundland in Canada, and Shetland in the UK. 

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a biomedical research institute and the national leading centre of expertise in biosecurity in fish and land animals. The aim of the Institute is to become Norway’s center of preparedness for One Health.