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Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Optimizing the Upcycling of Residual Slaughterhouse Materials: Strategic Importance to Sustainable Fishfeed Production

Being a proposal of the Research And Development Enterprise, RADE to The Research Council of Norway at the Input Meeting on Societal Mission on Sustainable Feed Production Held on 6th September, 2023

Madam Moderator, eminent stakeholders, audiences and protocols

I am most grateful for the opportunity to share a few proposals on the Social Mission on Sustainable Feed. There can´t be a better time and I have chosen to discuss a very small section of the subject, Optimizing the Upcycling of Residual Slaughterhouse Materials: Strategic Importance to Sustainable Fishfeed Production

Why Residual Raw Materials and how relevant are they to the sustainability discuss?

Annual fish production in Norway has peaked 4 million tons and if the entire figure passes through slaughterhouse to produce fillets, we would have nearly 40-50% of the wetweight ending up as Residual Raw Materials i.e Head, Guts, Bones and Blood. Optimizing the upcyling of almost 2 million tons of these materials may be worth evaluating on the scale of the three social mission goals of this meeting. I will quickly do just that

First, the Climate cut- If we consider the complex logistics involved in supplies and operations in fish fillets production with the attendant carbon footprint, we may agree that the residual materials are already at a cost and therefore upcycling them at source seems a modest alternative with a lower carbon footprint. To this, I recommend a more efficient, real time, onsite and processing of the residual materials into ready-to-use fish ingredient for the fishmeal production. We therefore propose expansion of capacity of existing local fish slaughterhouses at home and abroad through targeted incentives such that as much of the residual materials from our annual production is collected and priortized for fishfeed production ahead of other competing usages for example petfood

Second is increased security of supply. If we manage to cover the entire annual production figure of Norwegian seafood by slaughterhouse, we would have available sufficient and lysine/methionine based fishmeal source all round the year, that could be augmented by plant based sources

Third and last goal, building the Norwegian feed ingredient industry is a matter of necessity as about 2 million tons of slaughterhouse residues would be vital to attaining the goal of 25% blue sector contribution (up from current 8%) if slaughterhouse capacity is maximumly upscalled over the next 10 years

Summarily, increased capacity of Norwegian fish slaughterhouse domestically and overseas is highly recommended as a lead contributor to sustainable fish feed production and a potential meeting point for industry and government as the resource rent tax takes hold. Big industry players can however be rewarded by incentivized capacity increase of slaughterhouse should they choose to divest thereto. In my opinion, more studies can open up possibilities in this area to further ensure that all parties benefit from the sustainable mission goals

Madam moderator and fellow participants, I thank you for your kind attention

Franklin Borge Rade

Research And Development Enterprise, RADE

6th September, 2023

Melbu, Norway

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