About SFI Harvest
The vision of SFI Harvest: Pioneering the lower-trophic fisheries – Innovations to unlock the blue bioeconomic potential.
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 (RAs), see figure below.
Our Research Areas
RA1 Autonomous systems and sensor technology for data collection
Research and innovation challenges: 1) Continuous, unattended sampling of the concentrations of zooplankton, mesopelagic fish species and marine plastic litter/microplastic. 2) Surveying and monitoring of biomass and plastic concentrations using data-driven data collection strategies.
RA2 Ecosystem dynamics
Research and innovation challenges: 1) Short term prediction of ecosystem characteristics for efficient and sustainable harvesting. 2) Long term prediction of ecosystem dynamics for sustainable management of low trophic species.
RA3 Digital decision support for fisheries
Research and innovation challenges: 1) Combination of biomarine models and gathered data to generate information of value, such as predictions of future fishing areas. 2) Business models which encourage data sharing and the development of commercial decision support services in the fishing industry.
RA4 Harvest technology and onboard processing
Research and innovation challenges: 1) Modelling the interaction between fish and harvesting equipment. 2) Cost-effective monitoring of harvest species while trawling. 3) Species and size selection during fishing. 4) Fractionation of the catch before onboard handling. 5) Cost- and energy-effective onboard preservation of mesopelagic species. 6) Cost-effective removal of plastics in the open ocean.
RA5 Land-based processing and product development
Research and innovation challenges: 1) For mesopelagic fish, the high level of autolytic activity and variable raw material quality causes increased energy consumption and reduced product quality. 2) For Calanus and krill, processing methods must be improved in terms of energy use, sustainability and total utilization. 3) Diversification of product portfolio and maximum value creation from harvested biomass. 4) In the development of new products from new species or through new processes, data on the nutritional quality, toxicological and microbial safety of novel food and feed products are needed.