Cultivation and release of turbot

In 2022 Fishlab helped the cultivation and release of Turbot Scophthalmus maximus in Danish coastal waters through the restocking program “Fiskeplejen”. The project was carried out with the help local fishermen from the Federation of Danish Recreational- and Amateur Fishery and a collaboration with Venøsund Fisk og Skaldyr ApS, DTU Aqua, and Fjort&Bælt. The day of the release was documented through this video by Fjord&Bælt.​

Mesozooplankto​n (Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark) is a Danish national monitoring program for marine mesozooplankton. Since 2013 Fishlab received samples from several areas in Denmark to be analyzed and registered in Miljøportalen – VanDa. All mesozooplankton data up to 2022 has been registered in STOQ.

Bottom dwelling animals (Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark) is a Danish national monitoring program for marine benthic fauna. Since 2011 Fishlab received samples from several areas in Denmark to be analyzed in cooperation with RUF Dykkerservice and registered in Miljøportalen – WinRambi and VanDa.

Turbot and European Flounder fry production​ (Venøsund Fisk og Skaldyr ApS)

Fishlab is responsible with planning and surveying the larvae production and taking samples from the outdoor basins and analyzing them in order to keep the live feed available at all times for the fish larvae.

Mussel farming and the environment

Benthic fauna surveys in connection with mussel farming in Venøsund, Limfjorden. 

Fishlab was responsible with​ sample processing, species determination and data work. Subcontracting WSP.

Eelgrass inv​estigations

Fishlab and subcontractor Gaviadyk are investigating eelgrass occurrence in the Limfjord and the coastal waters of the western Baltic Sea during the summer of 2019 as part of a national surveillance programme (NOVANA programme) for the Ministry of Environment.

Submerged water plant investigations

Fishlab and subcontractor Gaviadyk are investigating occurrence of submerged water plans in lakes during 2019-2022 as part of a national surveillance programme (NOVANA programme). See photo gallery.

Production of white worms for fishfeed

As a pathway to sustainable fish feed production, Fishlab is involved in production of white worms for fish feed. The worms are produced by use of seaweed, washed a shore and removed to keep the beaches clean. The worms are used for production of worm meal, replacing fish meal in the production of dry feed. Click here to see reportage in Danish television, it begins at minute 7.50 in the news report. Project leader Aarhus University.​

Project to combat the invasive species round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) through stock enhancement of turbot (Psetta maxima) in Guldborgsund, DK. Project leader Copenhagen University. Fishlab will be responsible for breeding juvenile turbot and its live feed (copepods).

Environmental investigations at ”Disken” in Øresund

Investigation of geophysical and biological consequences of dredging, that until 3 years ago took place at the large bank “Disken” in the northern Øresund at the transition zone between the Baltic sea and Kattegat.

Subcontracting Rambøll Danmark A/S, Fishlab with the subcontractors BioApp and RUF Dykkerservice have investigated 30 km transects with divers, surveilling macrophytes, epifauna, benthos, fish etc. and verifying the information by video and photos.

Breeding of disease free flat-oyster from the Limfjord in closed systems

​The project's purpose is to develop stable disease-free production of flat-oyster. The project has started in 2017 and it will end in 2019.

Project activities include development of a new method for quick and cheap screening of broodstock for Bonamia, development of a new production method for production of disease free flat-oyster spat in closed extensive farming systems, enabling of bank cultivation / breeding of flat-oysters in the Limfjord and contribution to the restoration of the endangered natural stock in Denmark and possible export for further breeding in the EU.

Fishlab is responsible with monitoring microalgae in the production systems.

Targetfish (Wageningen University and Research Centre) is a large collaborative project funded by the European Commission (GrantAgreement No. 311993) under the 7th framework programme. The project will run for 5 years starting on the 1st of October 2012 and until 30th of September 2017. The aim of the project is to advance the development of both existing and new prototype vaccines against socio-economically important viral and bacterial pathogens of different types of fish.

Fishlab is responsible with:

  • ​Supplying healthy, vaccinated and non-vaccinated turbot egg, larvae and fry for experimental purposes;
  • ​Optimization of vaccination of turbot fry against vibriosis. Work on timing and frequency of bath vaccines prior to challenge tests performed by DTU-VET;
  • ​Optimize and develop oral vaccination by use of bioencapsulation. Supply live feed (marine rotifers and copepods and freshwater water flea) that will be incubated in the vaccine suspension;
  • ​Injection vaccination of young fry (3-5g) ready for the international market facilitated by use of a robot supplied by Rossi A/S.

PROAQUA (DTU Lyngby – Danish Technical University) is a project funded by the Committee for Strategic Research in Health, Food and Welfare, Denmark. The project has started in 2012 and it will end in 2018. The goal of the project is to reduce the risk of bacterial antibiotic resistance by reducing the needs for antibiotics in marine larviculture and to overcome a crucial bottleneck in aquaculture production.

Fishlab is responsible with sampling and monitoring bacteria from a rearing unit in Denmark and is taking part of challenge tests with fish larvae and fish eggs.

Habfish (Copenhagen University) is a project funded by the Programme Committee for Health, Food and Welfare under the Danish Council for Strategic Research. The project will run for 5 years starting in 2012 and ending in 2017. The objective of the project is to identify and quantify algal toxins that are associated with fish kills, their effects and mechanisms of actions on fish fry. This will be done in order to provide a highly improved monitoring and risk assessment program for identification, enumeration of ichthyotoxic algae and their toxin profiles in Danish waters.

Fishlab is responsible with supplying of different species and sizes of fish to the scientific partners.

BallastWISE50 and BallastWISE10 (Bioras ApS) Ballast Water Investigation System (BallastWISE) is a project funded by the Danish Maritime Fund (ref. nr. 2013-064 Ballast Water Control System) and the Ministry of the Environment (ref. nr. NST-303-00222 BallastWISE). The project is a collaboration between Bioras ApS, Fishlab, Unit-One and DHI Group and it began in 2013 and it will last until 2016. The purpose of the project is to develop an automatic system for quantification of live organisms in ballast water samples that are between 10-50µm (BallastWISE10) and larger than 50µm (BallastWISE50).

Fishlab is responsible for supplying the different species and sizes of living organisms (microplankton and zooplankton), as well as with helping with the development of a system for the automatic of counting live organisms in ballast water.

IMPAQ (Roskilde University) is a multi-disciplinary Research Alliance that aims at developing a sustainable live feed in terms of copepods, in order to supply Danish and International aquaculture fish hatcheries with a feed item they can be used to produce high value fish larvae. The project ended in 2017.

Fishlab was responsible with the manipulation and surveillance of larvae productions, phytoplankton and zooplankton analysis using the NOVANA standards.

Baseline and pilot investigations Ll. Torup Gasdeposit. Subcontractor of EIA field investigations including hydrographic data, mesozooplankton and ichthyoplankton monitoring (NOVANA standards) in connection with expansion of Ll. Torup Gasdeposit, Limfjorden, Denmark. Client: Rambøll Oil and Gas. The project has started in 2009 and is still ongoing.

Fishlab is responsible with analysing fresh and conserved mesozooplankton samples, data entry in STOQ, Denmark's Environmental portal, participation in field work (sediment analysis and collection of mussels).

FishGuard (Bioras ApS) is a project for development of a software-based system for automatic monitoring of fish behavior in aquaculture facilities by the use of video cameras. The project is funded by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (3.3 MDKK). The project has begun in August 2012 and finished in 2016.

Fishlab is responsible with surveying different kind of fish for video surveillance and testing the system in commercial rearing facilities (freshwater and saltwater environments).


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