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Project name: Environmental responses to organic and inorganic effluents from fin-fish Aquaculture (ERA).

This strategic initiative (SI) address the potential impact of organic and inorganic effluents from large fish farms on coastal ecosystems. The main objectives were to increase competence by developing scientific knowledge and tools, and to modify and validate existing models to provide better tools for predicting the dispersion of aquaculture effluents and the responses of flora and fauna in the coastal zone.

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The Norwegian coast is well suited for aquaculture, offering extensive archipelagos with deep, well flushed inshore fish farming localities and stable salinity and water temperatures. The Norwegian aquaculture industry has prospered under these conditions for many years. Salmonid aquaculture is a major coastal activity in Norway with a current annual production of approximately 1.1 million tons with a value of 3.8 billion Euros. Provided crucial environmental issues can be resolved, aquaculture will expand, with annual growth forecasted at about 4 % and a production of 5 million tons by 2050 is predicted (Anon 2012). 

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Norges geologiske undersøkelser (NGU), Uni Research AS, University of Melbourne, University of Southern Denmark, CNRS, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Canada).

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