Relevant, complete and innovative knowledge

Our ambition is to provide relevant, complete and innovative knowledge for the development of the marine sector. We aspire to offer high-level and broadly based research and education.

The general goal of our research is to understand biological, biotechnological, social and economic relations in marine systems. Based on this we produce knowledge on topics as diverse as the quality of seafood, ecosystem-based management, vaccines for fish, and the development of industry and society. Such a multidisciplinary focus is rewarding, and our research environment is characterized by a high level of activity and productive cooperation between researchers.

Our study programs are tailored to suit the needs of the seafood industry and management. We offer one program of professional study, two bachelor’s programs and three master’s programs. Students enrolled at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science are therefore equipped with a solid and coveted competence. Our students value the proximity to researchers, and after the completion of their degrees they soon find relevant employment.

In addition to these core activities, the NCFS aspires to be a committed conveyor of knowledge. Our researchers take active part in forums for debating social affairs; they give lectures and produce books, articles and contributions to newspapers. The industry, media and others interested in our expertise are always welcome to contact us.

Employees at The Norwegian College of Fishery Science:


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Beautifully located in Tromsø, which is a city placed at the coastline of Northern Norway, you find the Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS). UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the largest institution for higher education and research in Northern Norway, with approximately 16 000 students. Around 350 of them are studying at NCFS.


Tromsø excites both city addicts and nature freaks, and provides you with opportunities to enjoy every second of the time you spend here, also outside of the University. The North Norwegian nature is ideal for many outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, dog sledging, kayaking, fishing, biking all year round and more. Tromsø is therefore a splendid starting point for nature-based experiences all year round!


Tromsø is also a pulsating city. Events like RakettNatt Music and Arts Festival, Tromsø International Film Festival in January, the Northern Lights Festival, Insomnia Festival as for plenty other cultural happings, gives you the impression of living in a tiny version of a big city. As a student here, you get access to a multitude of student activities hosted on and off campus. For example, in the city you find the student-run cultural center “DRIV” hosting concerts, quizzes etc., and the student sports center “KRAFT” that offers a broad variety of indoor sports, is located not more than a 3 minutes’ walk from the University”.