Overall Goal


  • Promote student mobility within existing funding-programmes (N2N)
  • Develop joint field schools and masters courses
  • Explore dual and blended degree options


  • Initiate research in the interdisciplinary field of fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic
  • Open up opportunities for external funding
  • Explore synergies to existing research projects such as Horizon 2020 projects
  • Use the TN to leverage research grants to national and international funding agencies and global philanthropies


  • Build up network of teachers, students and specialists from organizations such as Nordic Council, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), FAO, US Sea Grant, etc.
  • Exchange knowledge and best practice
  • Organize conferences/workshops in the field

Current and Planned Activities 

  • To hire new Master's Program Director in Coastal and Marine Management, see the news
  • To Complete book chapter on fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic for SDWG
  • Student exhange
  • Professional networking (sharing grant opportunities and knowledge exchange, manage email list)
  • Course development
  • TN Session on "The Seaweed Bioeconomic Sustainability Revolution" proposed for UArctic Congress in 2021
  • Network for Aquaculture Education in the Arctic Funded. UArctic TN proposal funded by the Norwegian government to UiT at NOK 374, 250 (~US$ 39,000, ISK 5.4 million). Two years with start date before November 1, 2020. Lead PI is Professor Helgi Thor Thorarensen, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science , Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics , The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) , Tromsø, NORWAY "with co-PIs, Barry A. Cost​a-Pierce, University of New England and Catherine Chambers, Stefansson Arctic Institute and University Centre of the Westfjords. For more information see here.


  • New paper published on engineering advances for kelp aquaculture in the North - Fredriksson, D., T. Dewhurst, A. Drach, W. Beaver, A. St. Gelais, K. Johndrow and B.A. Costa-Pierce. 2020. Hydrodynamic Characteristics of a Full Scale Kelp Model for Aquaculture Applications. Aquacultural Engineering 90: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaeng.2020.102086

Thematic Network cross-links:

UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution
UArctic Thematic Network on Global Ecological and Economic Connections in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Crab Fisheries


Barry Costa-Pierce, Lead and Catherine Chambers, Vice-Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Ocean Food Systems