Mucosal Mapping Method wins award

13 Sep 2016

Norway’s Quantidoc AS has been announced as the winner of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s fourth annual Preferred Freezer Services Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award.

University of Bergen Professor, Karin Pittman, will accept the award for Quantidoc’s mucosal mapping technology at GAA’s GOAL 2016 conference at the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, China, on Thursday 22 September, where she will give a presentation after being presented with a plaque and a US$1,000 cash prize.

Quantidoc is the commercialisation of Professor Pittman’s fish biology research, which employs stereology to measure and better understand mucus on gill, gut and skin tissues - the first line of defense for fish. These tissues are crucial in the fight against aquatic diseases and parasites like sea lice, a major challenge for the salmon-farming industry.

The application was submitted by Quantidoc CEO Ole Jacob Myre. Quantidoc is a commercially functioning unit, not just an idea.

“We are very pleased and proud to receive this award from GAA, because the goal of the program aligns with ours, namely providing the solid basis for a sustainable aquaculture industry,” said Professor Pittman. “If we can strengthen the barrier tissues of skin, gills and guts, then all our animals will grow better and with better health. Mucosal mapping is a very good addition to the aquaculture toolbox, and we look forward to using it to help farmers raise healthy animals.”

“Quantidoc’s technology for non-sacrificial evaluation of the health status of fish is a valuable new tool to improve the management of disease, a primary factor limiting the growth of aquaculture,” said GAA President George Chamberlain, one of four judges.