Due to the change in markets and demands there is an urgent need for improved knowledge about the nutritional value which fish meal and fish oil can provide in the feed industry in order to increase the value of these commodities.
To facilitate and strengthen the Nordic cooperation – and bio economy – this Nordic Centre of Excellence in Fishmeal and Fish oil is established. A detailed review of the current knowledge on raw material quality and seasonal variation, processing methods and the nutritional properties and characteristics of fishmeal and –oils will be provided. Background knowledge of protein production intended for human consumption from various raw materials, and how these products have been utilized up to date will also be established. Literature will be reviewed on processing methods, both traditional and new, applied analytical methods, effect of producing fish proteins from various fish species on the nutritional properties and characteristics of fishmeal and –oils, their seasonal variation, preservation methods throughout the value chain, food grade production regulations and more. References will be sought both in peer reviewed articles, reports and other published sources, as well as from personal communications with the industry and specialists within the field. The obtained knowledge will be summarized and published in a scientific review (workshop review) and communicated in a simple way e.g. infographs, fact sheets and 1-2 videos.
The results will create a road map for future research projects to create innovations in the field and to improve the Nordic bio economy.
This project is coordinated by Matís ohf, Iceland and is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and EU Fishmeal.
Research area: Aquaculture