otent al ne ar­kets or l pfish

Fish Farmer - - News -

NOR­WE­GIAN re­search in­sti­tute Nofima has launched a pro­ject to find other mar­kets for lump­fish, aside from fight­ing sea lice.

Lump­fish have be­come an im­por­tant tool in the fight against the par­a­site that costs salmon farm­ers a for­tune ev­ery year.

How­ever, they are only re­quired un­til they weigh about half a kilo, af­ter which they are usu­ally crushed into an­i­mal feed.

The fish is quite un­like oth­ers on the mar­ket and has never been part of the Euro­pean diet.

In the pro­ject called ‘From louse-eater to the din­ner plate’, Nofima and salmon pro­ducer Lerøy Aurora will at­tempt to find out if there is a new mar­ket for lump­fish, start­ing with Asia.

‘Based on stud­ies of avail­able sec­ondary in­for­ma­tion, we will se­lect a mar­ket and travel there to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther,’ said re­searcher Bjørg He­len Nøstvold of Nofima.

‘Who are the buy­ers, how can the fish be used? What kind of prices are likely, and so on? We do for ex­am­ple know that small quan­ti­ties of wild caught lump­fish have been ex­ported from Ice­land.

‘We also know that busi­nesses have worked on es­tab­lish­ing a mar­ket in South Korea, but we don’t know how they have fared.’

If the use of lump­fish by the salmon in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grow as ex­pected, it is pro­jected that as much as 100,000 tonnes of farmed lump­fish could be avail­able for sale each year.

The pro­ject has been funded with NOK 300,000 from the Troms county coun­cil and NOK 250,000 from the Re­gional Re­search Fund North.

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