Keynote Presentation: What are the options for marine biomass when it is not suitable as food?

Thursday March 9
Session 2: Exploration of marine biomass
11:35

Keynote Presentation: What are the options for marine biomass when it is not suitable as food?

Ragnar Olsen, Professor
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

In the era of Green economy and Blue growth, there is increasing awareness that the discarding of byproducts from the processing of fish and shellfish is a waste of resources, and therefore unacceptable. This also applies to catch not fit for human consumption, which is unavoidable. The main product from the industrial processing of fish are the fillets, while up to 70% of the fish may be considered byproduct. Some of these byproducts may be consumed, but most must be used for other purposes. The aim of this lecture is to present how such biomass may be converted into viable commercial products. Other non-food marine biomass which can harvested or farmed in a sustainable manner will also be mentioned. Commercial success in this arena is dependent upon supply, demand and regulatory aspects, aspects which are unfortunately commonly overlooked by scientists.