Increased pressure on limited resources in the world requires innovative thinking when handling organic materials that cannot be used for human consumption (any more). Instead of downgrading organic material, it can be fed to insects. Insects have a good ability to convert organic material into high-quality protein and lipids, that are excellent sources of nutrients in fish feed.
In this project we will explore which types of organic materials are locally available and which types of insects can be grown on these substrates to ultimately produce safe and nutritious insect-based feed ingredients. Insect-based feed ingredients have a high potential to be used in feed for aquaculture when they can be supplied in a large and stable supply. This means that the insect manufacturer must have access to large and stable volumes of organic material to feed the insects. Sunnmøre has a relatively large industry (Orkla, Ringdal, Tind, Norwegian Seafood etc.) and a major marine industry related to fishing / aquaculture etc. This provides proximity and access to large volumes of organic matter in the form of residual products from the operators in these sectors that can be used for insect cultivation. The composition of nutrients in insects is determined by the species used and partly on the substrate the insects are living on. It is important to identify the insect species that can be reared on locally available organic material. The nutritional quality of the insects is important and the composition of the processed products will be tested (eg protein, lipid composition). The aim of this project is to provide documentation that can form the basis for the establishment of an insect producer in Stordal in western Norway.