Storby Marin is a national association formed by the cities Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen in 2010. Storby Marins mission is to work for the improvement of framework conditions and growth of a leading international industry that has science, diversity, longviety and adaptability as its core activities. To strengthen marine value creation, the association will contribute to greater interaction between the public and private sector and research institutions, as well as through national consolidation of these.
Business Region Bergen
Business Region Bergen (BRB) works to strengthen and develop trade and industry in the Bergen region, especially within the region’s most important industries: Oil, gas, marine activities, maritime industry and tourism. The goal is to contribute to sustainable and knowledge based growth, diversity and high level of employment in the region. BRB focus their efforts on the following areas:
• Improving framework conditions for regional business development
• Initiating collaborations between research institutions, the public sector and our business community
• Providing service and advise to new companies
• Marketing the region nationally and internationally
Norwegian Seafood Centre
The Norwegian Seafood Centre has 13 years experience working with the development of seafood, and is organized as a foundation. Their main activities for the public are seafood courses at various public events and food festivals. Their activities for companies are as following:
• Development and management for projects and consulting for companies in development projects
• Academic conferences and topic specific meetings
• Training programs at schools, grocery stores, restaurants and the seafood industry
• Seafood events, cookery courses and seminars for groups and companies in their “seafood theater” at the Fish Market.
The Bergen Chamber of Commerce (Bergen Næringsråd)
The Bergen Chamber of Commerce (BCC) is a political neutral driving force for making the Bergen region the most attractive business area in the country. BCC is part of an international network of Chambers. This implies network and collaboration on a national, Nordic and European level. BCC is also part of the world wide Chamber system. BCC offers businesses in the Bergen region services in connection with hiring of expats. The organization is a bridge builder between business, politics, education and research.
Vestlandsrådet is a political collaboration council for the county councils in Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane og Møre og Romsdal in Western Norway. The four county councils shall through Vestlandsrådet:
• Strenghtening the regions position, both nationally and internationally
• Coordinate political efforts to strengthen the region within the defined priority area, and develop effective services across the counties
• Promote other political issues of common interest
• Actively influence the framework conditions for the region and the four counties
• Initiate collaboration across the counties in Western Norway
BioTech North is an emerging biotechnology cluster of enterprises and R&D organizations, which cooperate closely with regional funding and development actors. As bioactive molecules and compounds from Arctic marine resources form the basis of activities for the majority of the cluster members, BioTech North serves as a marine biotech cluster. The majority of BioTech North’s enterprises are active within life science applications and markets.
Blue Planet AS
Blue Planet AS was established in 2004 as a non-profit company with the objective of developing the global aquaculture industry. Their vision is to connect seafood and aquaculture competences. Because of the global population growth the goal is to profile aquaculture as a sustainable and effective way to produce food.
MarLife Biomarine Innovation
MarLife is an international and independent cross sector network focusing on innovation in all three biomarine industries: Fisheries – Aquaculture – Marine ingredients/ biotech.
NCE Aquaculture is a cluster that focuses on value creation and innovation associated with commercial production of farmed fish and seafood for the global market. The cluster represents an industry with strong expertise, proud traditions and world leading companies in their respective business areas. These areas are important for further development of Norwegian aquaculture, and include production of fry and edible fish, processing, feed production, technology, health and environment, finance, research and training.
Arctic Marine Forum
The Arctic Marine Forum was founded in Tromsø in 2012. It consists of key businesses and research institutions whose aim is to gather participants within the marine industries. Together they will increase members’ knowledge about the sea and the relationships the participants have with it; by doing so they will increase collaboration within and across marine industry sectors