2021 Annual Report

SFI Harvest is in its second year, and the 2021 Annual Report is now ready.

Read how the centre is progressing in the newly published Annual report here.

During its fi rst full year, the centre management has focused on establishing good management routines and platforms for R&D cooperation between researchers, industry partners, industrial bodies, and interest organisations in the centre. The year started with signing the Consortium Agreement. In February, the General Assembly (GA) and the Centre Board were consolidated. There have been two GA meetings and four centre board meetings during 2021. The Advisory Board has had two meetings. The centre management and research managers of SFI Harvest have had monthly status meetings.

In October, a digital workshop was arranged for the centre partners presenting status and discussing R&D challenges regarding mesopelagic fi sheries. The workshop resulted in an overview of basic challenges and problems related to development of a mesopelagic fi shery which are addressed in a new project starting in 2022.

The fi rst physical gathering for the partners in SFI Harvest were arranged in Trondheim, October 21-22. There were presentations of the research front relevant for the centre from both participants in SFI Harvest and invited guests. The status for the project activities within each research area were presented. The PhD and post doc candidates and their research topics were introduced to the centre partners. The partners got to know each other during group discussions about which R&D challenges to prioritise next. The input from the SFI Harvest days has been developed into work plans for next year.

The recruitment of research fellows is well underway. During 2021, three PhD candidates have started and one more has signed to start in 2022. We are proud to have an André Hoff man Fellowship associated with SFI Harvest.

Due to the covid-19 situation, most of the centre meetings and activities have been digital. This has likely delayed the process of establishing new collaborations across the research areas and between centre partners. Furthermore, cruise participations and experiments were cancelled due to the quarantine requirements. Despite this, important milestones were reached during the year.