Norwegian Lobster Farm AS received a grant from the European Union and initiated the innovative AUTOMARS project in November 2019 as part of the Horizon 2020 program. Our project officer in the European Commission conveyed that the competition had been outstanding and that only the best, like our project, made it through. We are humble and grateful for the support and belief in our project and company concept.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

The AUTOMARUS Phase 2 project aims to prototype and pilot a revolutionary process for land-based farming of European lobster (EL, Homarus gammarus) based on RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) to later commercialize EL. The goal is to deliver the first fully automated RAS enabled large-scale production facility of EL.

EL is among the most exclusive shellfish products worldwide, but stocks collapsed in the 1940s and have not recovered in the decades since. Landings of EL rarely exceed 5,000 tonnes annually, compared to around 160,000 tonnes for the only true lobster, H. americanus (American lobster, AL), which is considered inferior in quality to EL and commands lower prices. The global demand for lobster far exceeds supplies, but the dramatic increase in capture production of AL in recent years is threatening wild AL stocks while restricting expansion. The shortfall is supplemented to some extent by spiny and rock lobsters (SRL), closer in size to true lobsters but more comparable to langoustine in taste and texture. With the price of EL at €35-50/kg, the European seafood industry is missing out on a clear market opportunity. The EU and NO have implemented measures to safeguard EL stocks, and to protect or restore discrete habitats but this has had little effect. In consequence, aquaculture is the most credible alternative approach to secure a sustainable supply of EL, but current aquaculture methods are commercially unviable as lobsters are highly cannibalistic and cannot be reared in groups, making aquaculture unscalable and inefficient.

Norwegian Lobster Farm AS has developed the first-ever land-based RAS solution for producing high-quality EL at commercial scale, using individual cages to prevent cannibalism, and automation/robotics to lower production costs, ensuring a high degree of profitability. Our unique solution will facilitate superior quality EL in a secure and sustainable process that represents a breakthrough in the aquaculture industry. Our proprietary solution, which we are patenting in Norway prior to a PCT application, comprises an advanced image processing system to monitor lobster development combined with an automated feeding system and robotic lobster handling. This novel system drastically reduces operational costs and avoids human error, in addition to unique scaling possibilities. Our solution will be the first profitable land-based EL farming solution in the world.

The project has received funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No 880911.

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The DEVAELA proejct will facilitate a cost-efficient land-based method for farming lobster in RAS that represents a breakthrough in the aquaculture industry. We minimize labour via automated production and significantly reduce operational costs – our data projections show that breakeven is already reached at a 10MT/year production level. The project will conduct on-farm lobster health and welfare surveillance (to ensure the highest quality standards of final product). Continuous tracking of water quality will be benchmarked against nutrition, health, and welfare indicators to secure optimal performance parameters and high economic return. This unique solution, which unites and adapts multiple advanced technologies, has no equivalent on the market today.

3rd annualt ELCE meeting held in Stavanger

The European Lobster Centre of Excellence (ELCE) was founded in April 2013 in Padstow, England. The ELCE network has 13 members from 6 different European countries. The 2nd annual meeting was held in New Berwick, Skottland in 2014, where new members were recruited.

The 3rd annual meeting was held in Stavanger and Kvitsøy on the 18 and 19 May 2015. The conference gathered altogether 26 delegates from 7 European countries. Acknowledgement to the Nordic Minister Council and VRI-Rogaland for financial support.

Nordic RAS conference in Aalborg

Norwegian Lobster Farm presented results from the project «Quantification of respiration and excretion rates in European lobster» under the PechaKucha sesjonen at the NordicRAS conference in Aalborg 9-11 October 2013. The project was partially financed by VRI Rogaland.

For more information:

No 33_Drengstig et al. 2013_Pecha Kucha

2nd flyer 2013 combined

Book of Abstracts

NordicRAS workshop program 2013

Sri Lankan delegation visiting AquaNor 2013

The Sri Lanka-Norway Industrial Cooperation Program funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), also known as the Business Match-Making Program (BMMP) has been active for almost 20 years. It is regarded as one of the most successful business related programmes that NORAD has introduced to the private sector.

As part of the BMMP initiative on aquaculture, a delegation from Sri Lanka will attend the AquaNor exhibition in 2013. A seminar will be held on August 15 with the purpose of establishing business cooperation between companies from Sri Lanka and Norway covering the entire value chain in aquaculture.

Venue: Exhibition area, meeting room M1bc between 09:00 – 11:00 hours.

More information and meeting program below:

Norfishing News AquaNor

Meeting Programme SL Aquaculture sector_August 15_2013


Sri Lanka wants Norway to engage in aquaculture 

Article Daily FT Colombo

Kvitsøy Lobster Museum re-opens 1 June

The Kvitsøy Lobster Museum was re-opened  on 1 June.

Quantification of respiration and excretion rates

Available literature of metabolic rate in European lobster is sparse. In order to dimention RAS set-ups adequatly, more knowledge on basic respiration- and excretion rates are needed. Norwegian Lobster Farm is currently undertaking a comprehensive study together with the research institutes IRIS and AqVisor AS in Stavanger, and IMR in Bergen .

The study is partially financed by VRI-Rogaland.

AkvaPark Rogaland

Deling av kunnskap og samlokalisering for å skape konkurransefortrinn

AkvaPark Rogaland skal bli en industriell landbasert akvakulturpark hvor flere ulike oppdrettsarter fra flere forskjellige bedrifter kan samlokaliseres. Prosjektet skal også tilrettelegge for å etablere et ressurssenter/­kompetansesenter som kan styrke næringsutviklingen i Norge generelt og næringsklyngen i Rogaland spesielt. Visjonen er at Matfylket Rogaland skal ta en aktiv lederposisjon i Norge og internasjonalt innenfor land­basert oppdrettsteknologi.

Rapporter ligger her:

AkvaPark Rogaland

Blue Planet rapport



European Lobster Centre of Excellence

Norwegian Lobster Farm tar initiativ til Europeisk samarbeid

På initiativ fra Norwegian Lobster Farm ble det i etterkant av en hummerkonferanse i Padstow, UK i april 2013 arrangert et miniseminar for spesielt utvalgte kompetansesentra innenfor oppdrett av hummer. Målsettingen var å etablere et Europeisk nettverk som skal koordinere og styrke satsingen på hummeroppdrett i Europa. The European Lobster Centre of Excellence (ELCE) ble etablert med foreløpige samarbeidspartnere fra Norge, England, Island, Danmark, Irland og Spania.

Link til hummerkonferansen finner du her: Lobster conference Padstow April 2013 og her: Lobster experts gather in Cornwall

Konsolidering av 20 års akkumulert kunnskap

Norwegian Lobster Farm etablerer et kompetansesenter innenfor oppdrett av skalldyr i Rogaland

Forsknings- og utviklingsarbeidet som har foregått innenfor skalldyroppdrett i Rogaland er unikt og internasjonalt kjent. Miljøene i Rogaland representerer over 20 års akkumulert kunnskap innenfor oppdrett av porsjonshummer og kråkeboller, utsettingsforsøk med hummeryngel, samt havbeite med kamskjell og østers. Rogaland er derfor det fylket som i dag  har størst kunnskaps- og erfaringsbase på hele verdikjeden innenfor flere nye marine skalldyrarter i oppdrett.

Norwegian Lobster Farm gjennomfører et prosjekt som blant annet skal vise hvordan kunnskapsdrevet innovasjon kan øke mulighetene for å kommersialisere landbasert oppdrett av hummer, samt avdekke hvilke variabler som kan øke lønnsomheten i hummernæringen. I tillegg skal prosjektet utvikle effektive IT system med kraftige og enkle søkemuligheter for innlegging og utveksling av informasjon og data mellom aktører i en velfungerende næringsklynge.

Prosjektet er delvis finansiert av VestMarin og Rogaland fylkeskommune

Rapport finner du her:

Norwegian Lobster Farm