The quality of gillnetted cod – the effects of hauling procedure and net material

Fishing for cod off the coast of Husøy.

Fishing for cod off the coast of Husøy.

In January three researchers from the work package working with technologies for improved catch handling in the QualiFish project spent five days on board a gillnetting vessel evaluating the effects of hauling method and gillnet material on the quality of coastal cod.

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QualiFish day 2016

Den tredje QualiFish dagen i rekken ble avholdt ved Britannia Hotell i Trondheim tirsdag 19 April i år. Dagen inneholdt presentasjoner fra industri, utstyrsleverandører og forskere og var en dag med godt engasjement og åpne diskusjoner rundt forskingsresultater og utfordringer i næringen.




Hvert år avholdes QualiFish dagen for å sikre god formidling av forskningen til prosjektdeltakerne og andre interessenter, samt å opprettholde en god dialog mellom industrien, utstyrsleverandørene, de ulike forskningsinstitusjonene og andre partnere i prosjektet.


Nedenfor finnes de tilgjengelige presentasjonene fra dagen.

Better fish welfare means better quality

The sustainable harvesting of wild fish is one of the most important challenges facing the global population in its efforts to obtain adequate fish volumes. There is a huge potential for improvement in the field of fish harvesting efficiency. The DANTEQ project has resulted in the development of new skills and methods for optimizing fish handling onboard vessels in relation to raw materials quality and energy efficiency.

More gentle methods of catching and gutting fish on trawlers will benefit the fish, the environment and the bottom line.

Read more at GEMINI.


Reserchers with aome of the days catch, studying the fish quality. Better fish welfare means better quality. Project leader Hanne Digre to the right and engineer Marte Schei to the left. Photo: SINTEF

Fresh or thawed? Cod availability in France and UK

Earlier this year a researcher in the work package focusing on market strategies and economic perspectives in the whitefish industry conducted field trips to the United Kingdom (UK) and France to examine these markets in respect to available cod products. Based on these trips they have gathered valuable information which will be used to develop a whitefish questionnaire which will be rolled out in the project.

Read more about what they found out in our latest newsletter!Newsletter QualiFish

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Collecting information for the whitefish survey

A doctoral student in the QualiFish work package regarding market strategies and economic perspectives has conducted a field trip to London and Paris to examine the availability of cod products and substitutes to its consumers. His findings will give input to a whitefish survey that will be rolled out this autumn.

He discovered that while chilled fish in London supermarkets are pre-dominantly thawed, chilled fish in Paris is not thawed. However, the London consumer is generally not aware of that the chilled fish is thawed. Also, the Parisians shop to a much greater extent with traditional fishmongers. A distribution channel that makes up 30% of the sales when one excludes Hotel Restaurant & Catering (HoReCa) in France. In London however retail is the distribution channel to consumers besides HoReCa.

London - Tesco

Photo by Jonas Torrisen.

QualiFish presented to NFD

In June we got the opportunity to present the #QualiFish project to the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD, Nærings og Fiskeridepartementet) employees during a breakfast seminar at the ministry. The meeting was initiated by the Norwegian research council to showcase how the BIONÆR Research Programme contributes in relation to solving the challenges the Norwegian fisheries is facing. QualiFish was one of three projects that were presented.


Newsletter: Year two well under way

Newsletter2_2015_eng.inddThis year’s activities are well on their way in the QualiFish-project. Read more about previous and ongoing work in the project and its work packages in our latest newsletter!

Newsletter in english

Newsletter in norwegian

Delicious QualiFish Day by the docks

Lofoten - Svolvær1 This year april 17th was no ordinary Friday in Kabelvåg Ils sportshouse – «Idrettshuset». It was the launching of QualiFish Day 2015, arranged in association with LofotFishing, with in total eight presentations on subjects ranging from fishing tools and quality to logistic challenges in the white fish industry. The day was a great success both for project partners and others in the audience. You could tell by observing a very excited audience.

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QualiFish goes Lofotfishing!


Clear your agenda for April 17th. Let nothing keep you from QualiFish Day, this year arranged in association with Lofotfishing. This is an open event where the fishing fleet and industry, equipment suppliers, R & D environments and other stakeholders are welcome to learn the latest news on research results from the Qualifish project. An array of subjects within various thematics targeting whitefish industry, eg. catch handling, processing, logistics and marketing, will be covered. The event takes place in Idrettshuset (Sports Hall) of Kabelvåg IL, next door to  Lofoten Fishing exhibition area.

Qualifish visits Norway Seafoods in Melbu

Qualifish plant

Last week ten R&D participants in the QualiFish project from SINTEF, NIFES, NTNU and UiS visited Norway Seafoods and their processing plant in Melbu. Norway Seafoods is one of Europes largest providers of whitefish solutions. Their processing plant in Melbu work with traditional filet production.

The aim of the visit was for the R&D partners to get an understanding of the process flow in the factory, and to identify possible problems and future solutions. As a part of this the participants got an informative and exciting tour of the processing plant. The information gathered during the visit will be used for further work in the project with regards to catch, processing, logistics and market.

– Our visit to Norway Seafood in Melbu was very educational, as it is important for the project to be in direct dialogue with the industry. We need to see and hear the challenges they work with every day. It was especially interesting to hear about their succesfull new products in the Norwegian market, says project manager Hanne Digre.