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Vision: Pioneering the lower-trophic fisheries – Innovations to unlock the blue bioeconomic potential.

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20. Aug 2020


31. Dec 2028

Funded by

The Research Council of Norway


SINTEF (host institute), NTNU, UiT, NMBU, Azti, University of Porto, Matis

Project Manager(s):

Bent Magne Dreyer

Other Participants:

Birthe Vang

The ocean hosts a large number of species, especially in lower trophic levels, that are either not harvested or only marginally utilised. These species, such as mesopelagic fish, krill and Calanus, could improve food security and the wellbeing of humanity.

SFI Harvest will draw upon Norway’s leading position in the ocean and offshore sectors to develop technologies for sustainable harvesting and processing of underexploited species. To secure sustainable utilisation of these valuable marine resources, technological solutions must be paired with scientific knowledge about ecosystem dynamics, development of fisheries management and well-documented business models.

Main objective: To develop knowledge and technologies for responsible harvesting and processing of lower trophic marine resources, allowing sustainable growth of Norway’s biomarine industries.

SFI Harvest brings together pioneering shipowners, key technology providers, large producers of raw materials and feed for the aquaculture sector, stakeholders, SINTEF Ocean and other strong research groups, including AMOS (the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems).

The innovations will enable precise and efficient capture and processing of mesopelagic species, zooplankton and phytoplankton. The centre will integrate six research areas.

Centre for research based innovation (SFI)

The SFI research centres are The Norwegian research council’s long-term initiative in innovative and strategically important areas.

Nofima is part of the following SFI centres:

CtrlAqua | DigiFoods | SFI Harvest