Chinese and Norwegian oceanographic research universities sign alliance
In mid-October, the inaugural meeting of the China-Norway Marine University Consortium Alliance was held virtually and in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province.
The new Alliance between leading Chinese and Norwegian ocean and fisheries-focused universities in China and Norway aims to share research on mariculture. Mariculture or marine farming is a specialized branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other animal products, in closed areas of the open ocean, fish farms built on the waters shorelines, or in man-made reservoirs, ponds or raceways that are filled with seawater.
Several Chinese universities, including China Ocean University, Dalian Ocean University, Zhongshan University, and Shanghai Ocean University, have joined the Alliance, while Norwegian universities include University of Bergen, University of the North, University of Oslo and University of Troms.
According to Source of seafood, the inaugural meeting brought together Norwegian diplomats and at the meeting, Communist Party Secretary of China Ocean University Tian Hui said the alliance will seek opportunities under the goal of United Nations to promote ocean sustainability over the 10-year period from 2021 to 2030.