CRISP: Centre for Research-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Pre-processing technology.
Norway catches approximately 2.5 million tonnes of fish per year. Increased requirements have been introduced concerning the environment and sustainability in the fisheries. Several areas will be more closely examined, including resource management, fuel consumption, CO2, damage to the seabed, by-catch and dumping.
There are also increased requirements for quality and supply. The fish shall be as fresh as possible, look good and suppliers must be in a position to deliver.
In addition, the fisheries perceive higher expectations about economic value creation, which is relevant among other things in the companies’ market orientation.
How the fish is caught and handled post catch sets the conditions for the rest of the value chain. Norway should take a leading responsibility globally for the development of new technology, knowledge and practices.
The goal of the centre is a paradigm shift within fisheries technology. The centre is based on three pillars:
1. Measuring instruments for identification and surveillance
Develop and implement
• instruments that can determine the species and size prior to catch
• instruments that can register fish behaviour and gear behaviour during the fishing process
2. Environmentally-friendly and selective fishing gear
• methods and instruments that can release unwanted by-catch
• new trawling gear that minimises damage to the seabed and reduces energy consumption
3. Quality and value creation
• Develop gentle catching and handling methods that optimise quality and value
• Analyse and document economic gains for the fisheries industry
The main focus is on purse seines and trawl nets, which are without doubt the foremost catching methods globally.
Nofima is heading the work involving quality and value creation. The focus will be on quality improvement in the catching and catch handling, more specifically on gentle handling methods, capture-based aquaculture and on-board handling. In order to analyse value creation, scenarios and cost-benefit analyses will be prepared for each of the activities at CRISP.