Nordic Salmon: Value adding process – Workshop on secondary processing of farmed fish in the Nordic

The event will be held in cooperation with Ölfus Cluster in Thorlakshofn 19th of October 2022. The workshop will be held town hall of Olfus town, in connection with Aqua Ice conference at Grand hotel 20-21 October.

Nordic Salmon: Value adding process


08:30 Opening the workshop: Short introduction to the SWOT analysis, Sæmundur Elíasson

08:45 Address, Elliði Vignisson, major of Ölfus municipality

09:00-10:30 Session 1: Competitiveness in secondary processing in the Nordic

Halldor Thorkelson, Marel

How waterjets increase automation and value generation in the salmon industry

Frank Yri, Seaborn/Iceborn

Iceborn – Icelandic Origin and branding

Per Alfred Holte, Maritech

Know your fish – How can automated, objective quality control enable new competitive advantages?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 13:00 Session 2: Marketing and environment footprint

Ögmundur Hrafn Magnússon, EES affair, Ministry of foreign affairs

Tariffs and trade in value added products from EEA to the EU

Sigurður Pétursson, Novo Food

“Consumer decision making and carbon footprint”

Audun Iversen, Nofima

„Environmental footprint of salmon production“

Jón Hafbo Atlason, Hiddenfjord

“Reducing the environmental impact of salmon production”

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 14:30 Session 3: Side streams production

Matti Isohätälä, Hätälä

Dennis Lohman, BAADER

14:30 Short coffee break

14: 45 – 16:00 Discussions and Round up

16:00 Closure

17:00 Refreshments at Lax-inn Mýrargötu 26, 101 Reykjavík

The event is supported by AG Fisk.

Other information:

Nordic Salmon: Value adding process Project board:

  • Sæmundur Elíasson, Matís, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Audun Iversen, Nofima Norway
  • Unn Laksá, Sjókovin, Faroe Islands
  • Christian Rohde

The aim of the project

Whole gutted salmon as primary production in the Nordic

More than 1,3 million tonnes of farmed salmon are produced annually in Norway, Faroe Islands and Iceland. Majority of the production is exported as whole fish, gutted and chilled to various markets around the world. This is defined as the region primary production while only a small fraction of the production is processed further in the Nordic region for the retail marked, or secondary processing. One reason for this are high salaries in the Nordic countries, making competitiveness difficult compared to lower salary countries, but secondary processing is generally labour intensive. Poland is currently the largest buyer of primary produced salmon from the Nordic region.

Viability of further processing in the Nordic

Secondary processing of salmon could significantly add value to communities and countries in the Nordic region, create jobs in rural communities and support the whole economy of the Nordic salmon production countries. The million-dollar questions are: “Is large scale value adding processing of salmon feasible in the Nordic countries?” and “Is competitiveness for further processing achievable by using high-tech machinery in the processing?”

The original idea behind this project is to use knowledge transfer from the Icelandic fresh fish success to the Nordic salmon industry facilitate valorisation and create jobs in the Nordic countries. By using the future “smart” secondary processing factories and make ready-to-eat production economically feasible, provide added value to the Nordic salmon industry. Filleted salmon and portions will reduce export cost and allows local utilisation and processing of side products that are currently exported, such as cut-offs, bones and heads, as well as reducing the carbon footprint.

Feasibility analysis by Nordic stakeholders

This project is designed to connect and support a broad range of stakeholders working in the salmon farming industry in the Nordic region, with the focus of exploring options and feasibility for secondary processing. This includes salmon farms, sales and marketing, technical designers, processing equipment developers, research groups and transport/freight companies.

The objective of the project is to establish a network of specialists to analyze if secondary processing of salmon is a feasible option in the Nordic. The group will then evaluate the viable production scale and list necessary tasks and suggestions to achieve the overall objective.