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The Norwegian Research Council (Forskningrådet) approved SFI (Centres for Research-Driven Innovation) Harvest on June 11, 2020, and SATPOS can proudly announce that we are one of the twelve industry partners.
SFI Harvest's main objective is to develop knowledge and technologies for responsible harvesting and processing of lower trophic marine resources. SFI harvest brings together pioneering shipowners, key technology partners, large producers of raw material, and feed for the aquaculture, stakeholders, SINTEF Ocean, and other influential research groups.
SINTEF Ocean is leading the project, and all the industry partners have had a leading role in developing the current state-of-the-art concepts.
The project focuses on finding solutions for harvesting biomass that resides below typical fishing depths (200-1000m). At these depths, current fishing technologies such as sounders and trawls don't work very well. Estimates show that there are over 1000 million tonnes of mesopelagic fish, 379 million tonnes krill, and 290 million tonnes calcaneus available to harvest at a sustainable level. This enormous food source can be a significant contributor to the UN's Zero Hunger goal.
That figure represents the annual increase of people living on Earth, according to UN estimates. This figure also represents a severe problem; food.
Food production on land is starting to reach its breaking point, and the pollution it is creating is making a significant contribution to the global climate crisis. One of the solutions to this issue is the transition from agriculture to aquaculture.
If we harvested only 1% of the biomass of low-trophic fish (mesoplastic fish, krill, and mackerel), it would have contributed three million tonnes of protein and over one million tonnes of nutritious fish oil. This contribution would create a new industry in Norway valued at NOK 45 billion annually.
Based on the technological development of the oil industry, we have unique expertise in Norway regarding the utilization of offshore resources. It is now time to develop this expertise.
We are in the driving seat of the world when it comes to oil and gas. We have the golden opportunity to be the world leader again, thanks to the technology development and experience we as a nation have gained over decades in the oil and gas industry.
"The choice of technological solutions must be rooted in up-to-date scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems, international fisheries management, and business models. We will develop sustainable and profitable solutions for the future."
- Ingunn Holmen, Center Manager SINTEF Ocean
The technological innovations in SFI Harvest will make it possible to produce food for the world's growing population of hitherto little exploited species in the sea.
SFI Harvest will develop knowledge and technology for responsible harvesting and processing of low-trophic marine resources and contribute to sustainable and profitable growth in the Norwegian bio marine industry. The choice of technological solutions must be rooted in up-to-date scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems, international fisheries management, and business models. To achieve this, SFI Harvest has put together a multidisciplinary team of researchers, fishermen, the bio marine industry, technology providers, and interest groups.
The center will also explore methods for actively finding and removing plastics from the sea. The methodology to be developed for finding the small organisms in the sea can also be an essential part of the solution to this environmental problem.
"We are past the time when brainstorming and decisions take place behind closed doors. If we are to solve the climate and food problem, we must cooperate." Says Eirik Hidle, Engineer at SATPOS.
This project is an eight-year-long exploration platform where the industry meets research and collaborates to create tomorrow's marine harvesting solutions. For a small development company such as SATPOS, with roots in the energy sector, this forms a sound basis for further development of products and a unique meeting place for the exchange of experiences and ideas.
"SINTEF's choice to use smaller technology companies such as SATPOS to solve vital tasks in such a large project, tells us that it is the level of expertise and people in the team that matter - not the size of the company. Therefore we are proud to be selected as a technology partner for such a socially important, sustainable, and innovative project by offering SFI Harvest expertise in satellite positioning and information retrieval via sensors on autonomous platforms in harsh ocean areas."
-Eva Helen Rognskog, SATPOS
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