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Welcome to ARCTAQUA

Cross-Border Innovations in Arctic Aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest growing animal production in the world and is considered an environmentally sustainable protein source for the growing world population. However, in Europe and Russia the aquaculture production volume has not followed the increase demand for aquaculture products. The diversification of the produced aquaculture species has the potential to answer to the markets demand for fish protein. The ARCTAQUA main objective is to promote the development of sustainable aquaculture in the Arctic region. For this, the ARCTAQUA will address main bottlenecks in the production of novel fish species (Arctic char, spotted wolffish, European whitefish and nelma) in the Arctic region which will improve the economical feasibility of these species production and expand this industry. Ultimately, the ARCTAQUA will result in new job opportunities and contribute for the economical development of the Arctic region.



2020. Aug – Feeding trials by the Berg Institute with nelma broodstocks have started at the fish farm Forvat

2020. Jun – Spotted wolffish juvenile feeding trials have started at the Nord University

2020. Jun – Trials to optimize the best rearing densities for Arctic char start at Sigerfjord Fisk


2020. Jun – The ARCTAQUA is present at the 14th International Symposium on Biology and management of Coregonid Fishes, with 1 presentation from LUKE (M. Tapio) and 3 presentations from Berg Institute (E. Kondakova; V. Bogdanova; V. Kostiunichev)

2020. Feb – Nord and Akvatik visit the Arctic char fish farm partner Sigerfjord to plan the activities of the coming years

2020. Jan – Project kick-off (28-30 Jan) in St Petersburg hosted by the Berg Institute

2019. Dec – The ARCTAQUA has officially started


The ARCTAQUA is funded by the Kolarctic ENI CBC 2014-2020 Programme, EU, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

This website has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the implementing partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Norwegian partners in the project receive also financial support from the Nordland county.

Webpage manager: Jose Beirão (, Nord University