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Cermaq land-based exec to teach aquaculture at Nord University

April 27, 2022  By  Nestor Arellano

Bendik Fyhn Terjesen (Photo: Cermaq)

Bendik Fyhn Terjesen, the head of Cermaq’s land-based innovation and development department, has been named the latest professor of aquaculture studies Nord University in Bodø.

As  professor II in the university’s Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Terjesen will be teaching bachelor and master students and eventually also supervise doctoral students.

As professor, Terjesem will also be involved in developing courses on continuing education in aquaculture technology, especially with a focus on recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)/post smolt. The courses will be open to all fish farming companies and others in the region. The long-term goal is also to initiate various research collaborations with external actors.


Terjesen has an extensive research career focusing on fish physiology and aquaculture technology and he made his first experiments in water RAS in 1993 at Wageningen University. He led the construction of the Nofima Center for Recirculation in Aquaculture and the start-up of CtrlAQUA, a center for research-based innovation in aquaculture in closed systems, before joining Cermaq.

“We are very pleased to have Bendik Fyhn Terjesen on the team in a professor II position,” Dean Mette Sørensen at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University in Bodø, said. “Terjesen is a very experienced aquaculture scientist with a broad experience within recirculation and post-smolt production.”

Sørensen also said he also hopes tat the collaboration will contribute to the development of new knowledge through joint research projects with the aquaculture industry.

“This is a recognition of Bendik as one of the persons with most technology expertise in the industry,” according to Erlend Reiten, chief transformation officer at Cermaq Group. “Sharing knowledge through collaboration with Nord University is completely in line with Cermaq’s knowledge- and research-based approach. We are confident that this will be a good cooperation for both parties and congratulate Terjesen on his appointment.”


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