AquaGen is a breeding company which develops, produces and delivers genetic start material to the global aquaculture farming industry. AquaGen owns and furter develops the world’s first research based breeeding programes for Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout that began in the 1970’s.
On the 7th February 2020, Ingun Næve defended her Ph.D. on the development of ultrasound as a gentle method for sorting salmon parr and monitoring of maturation. This is an industrial Ph.D. that was carried out in a collaboration between NTNU and AquaGen.
The season’s first rainbow trout eggs from the AquaGen strain was delivered to Hofseth Aqua in Tafjord, Norway on November 19th, 2019, two months earlier than normal. With access to these early eggs, the smolt can be put to sea in spring, benefit from good growth through the summer and be harvested the following spring after 10 months in the sea.