Kelp as food
Start date: 1. January 2015
End date: 31. December 2017
Financed by: Regional Research Funds Western Norway
In cooperation with: SINTEF Fiskeri og havbruk AS, NOFIMA AS, Værlandet Fiskeredskap AS, Nikøy Eigedom AS, Geir Agnar Landøy Havella, Det kongelige selskap for Norges vel
The project is lead by: Seaweed AS

Background

Kelp aquaculture is a new potential industry in Norway. There are no specific regulations with respect to seafood safety for seaweeds, and it is up to the producers to document that the products are safe. The project will hence analyse contaminants and mikcrogiological pathogens at NIFES. Further, there is little experience with processing of kelp, and NOFIMA will assist in establishment of suitable processing methods. The grow-out process is also relatively unknown, and the intention is to establish seed production, both led by SINTEF.

Objective

Main goal: To establish valuechain for kelp farming and production of healthy and safe products for a national and international marked with Seaweed AS, through development and implementing research based knowledge in co-operation with leading research institutions.

  • Analyse and evaluate farmed kelp with respect to risk factors such as iodine, contaminants and microbiology, to ensure safe raw materials and food products.
  • Enable efficient, safe and sustainable production through suitable processing methods abd processing conditions, including efficient cleaning and temperature limits.
  • Establish adapted farming methods for the three species of kelp (Alaria esculenta, Laminaria digitata and Saccharina latissima) to ensure stable and predictable production and quality of the raw material. This includes establishing controlled seed production of the three species in a land-based nursery and strategy for biomass production in sea for optimal production of high quality kelp.

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