Paulo Mira Fernandes (NIVA)

Paulo Fernandes is a Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Section for Aquaculture (Bergen, Norway).

Paulo holds a PhD since 2015 from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Denmark, where he studied the “Interactions between micro particles and the rearing environment in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)”. While still at DTU, Paulo worked for one year in monitoring and developing solutions for effluent treatment in seawater RAS, with a focus on nitrogen, phosphorus and organic matter removal. In 2016, Paulo moved to Norway to work in implementing experimental RAS for feed development trials with salmon, shrimp, tilapia and seriola, and developing feed solutions for salmon farming in RAS at Skretting Aquaculture Research Center.

Since 2020, Paulo has worked at NIVA, participating in activities related to water quality monitoring, with a focus on organic matter and particles interaction with fish and system performance. At NIVA, Paulo has further developed and implemented laboratory measurements, such as particle size distribution, H2S and microbial activity measurements. He has been responsible for work packages in two hydrogen sulfide-related NFR-funded projects: H2Salar (300285) and Aquasulfat (296545) and has been responsible for acquiring funding (EEA grants, NFR, RFF, FHF, etc.) and leading activities within those projects.

Besides the research work, Paulo has also worked in the production of gilthead seabream in net-pens, and of European seabass in a seawater recirculating aquaculture system.