Møreforsking offers research and development in a wide range of disciplines.

Møreforsking is a non-profit research institute with offices in Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund. The institute conducts applied research on topics related to marine- and social sciences, transport economics and logistics. We contribute to sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production in collaboration with industry, public sector, as well as national and international research institutions. Møreforsking possesses various laboratory facilities, including laboratory for chemical and molecular analysis, a facility for live marine organisms and a process laboratory for conservation, storage and primary processing. We also conduct sensory evaluation by our inhouse trained panel.

Møreforsking is located in the middle of the marine cluster in North-West Norway. The proximity to rich marine resources, combined with strong traditions in catching, processing and exporting seafood, make Norway in general and North-West Norway in particular a leading player in marine industries.

Møreforsking’s role is to contribute knowledge through research and development that increases value creation in the industry. We carry out research and development projects for the fisheries and aquaculture industries, the seafood processing industry, exporters, and industry organizations.

Sustainable oceans and coast

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide people with both services and resources. Møreforsking is located in a region that is rich in resources, and where marine value creation is strong. An important part of Møreforsking’s research is closely linked to the ecosystems at sea and in the coastal region. The research includes topics related to renewable resources, the functions and dynamics of ecosystems, as well as research on individual species and interactions between them. Among other things, we have projects related to management, integrated coastal zone management, utilization of new biological resources and development of new industry.

Seafood processing

In order to compete in the global seafood market, the Norwegian marine industry must offer products of the highest possible quality. Møreforsking has several researchers in the field of seafood processing who work continuously to increase our knowledge of how production processes affect the nutritional, chemical and sensory quality of seafood. Due to Møre and Romsdal’s proximity to the sea, with white fish such as cod and haddock, and pelagic species such as herring and mackerel, much of our research takes place in close collaboration with regional industry that utilizes these marine resources. Møreforsking has also for several decades worked with live seafood, especially with how quality and animal welfare can be maintained during live storage and transport of shellfish.