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Heidi S. Mortensen

Master of science in biology, PhD student

  • Við Áir 11, FO-430 Hvalvík

    Faroe Islands

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Research interests

My research interest is improving the health and wellbeing of farmed Atlantic salmon, especially large post-smolts.
In 2022 I started my PhD project with the title "Coronary arteriosclerosis of farmed salmonids".
Coronary arteriosclerosis is becoming increasingly common and severe in farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo Salar). This condition may reduce blood flow to the heart muscle and consequently make the heart less robust and able to handle stress. It is therefore speculated to be a major underlying cause of the substantial increase in mortality observed in recent years in connection with stressful interventions late in the production cycle, such as delousing. The high mortality during late-stages of production is a challenge experienced globally, which results in high economic losses and causes sustainable and welfare concerns. My PhD projects aims to investigate the development and progression of arteriosclerosis, which is still largely lacking, and the potential impact it has on coronary function and consequently the robustness of farmed Atlantic salmon.     
My PhD project is a 4 year project (finishes in December 2026) is designed as a collaboration Between Fiskaaling, where I am employed, and the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • QL Zoology
  • QP Physiology
  • SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling


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