Norwegians have successfully studied for the last three year the increased utilisation of herring and they now utilize side products from herring filleting in 17 different products. Research on the use of herring side products is also ongoing at Matís.
The Norwegian study is aimed at creating higher revenue from pelagic fisheries products by increasing production for human consumption, according to the Norwegian fisheries magazine, Fiskeribladet Fiskaren.
“Now we look at these side products as raw material for fishmeal production. The Norwegians have been trying to make products from these for human consumption. We have also been looking into this, both the raw material for fish meal and products for human consumption. The prices for fishmeal have been extremely high lately. The use of these of side products has also been to a large extend for fish meal and fish oil. These good prices will not last forever and, therefore, we are looking for means to increase the use of side products for human consumption,” says Sigurjón Arason, chief engineer at Matís.
He says the research funds in Norway give the Norwegians a great advantage over Iceland.
The Norwegian research fund FHF (Fiskeri og havbruk Fonden) increases yearly while the Icelandic fund, AFS, decreases each year. The circumstances are quiet unlike in this respect. We have come a long way by cooperating with Icelandic companies. Our strengths are in the good cooperation and the willingness and capability of the companies to participate in the development process.
Sigurjón says that Icelanders still have a long way to go before they have exploited all their possibilities of further utilization of their fish catch. There are billions of Icelandic Kronas to be gained.
IN 2014 the AVS-fund granted ISK 240 million to research. The Norwegian FHF-fund gives out NOK 215 million in 2014. The difference is about twenty-fold.
For additional information please contact Sigurjón Arason, chief engineer at Matís.
This interview was first published in Fiskifréttir, a national Icelandic newspaper focusing on fisheries.