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Kristoffer Nordbø

Effects of organic enrichment from finfish aquaculture on coldwater coral Lophelia pertusa

Hello, my name is Kristoffer Nordbø and I am 23 years old. My master title is “Effects of organic enrichment from finfish aquaculture on coldwater coral Lophelia pertusa”. This is the most common cold water coral in Norway. During my research, I look at growth, respiration, fatty acids, survival, mucus production, C isotopes in the skeleton between 2 main treatments. One get fish-feed used on fish farms in Norway and the other treatment is an algae paste of rotifers to simulate natural food sources. The supervisors for my Thesis are Prof. Audrey Geffen from the University of Bergen and Raymond Bannister / Tina Kutti from the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. I study Lopheila because I believe that we need more information on endangered habitats and as such cold water coral reefs don’t get enough focus. Marine seafood production is very important in Norway and this is also, why we need to know what effects these farms have on the environment.