Efficiency and quality in the processing of farmed cod

Project title: Efficiency and quality in the processing of farmed cod

Research Fund: NORA - The Nordic Atlantic Committee

Initial year: 2009

Service Category:

Aquaculture

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Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir

Project Manager

kolbrun.sveinsdottir@matis.is

The aim of the project is to examine how much value is lost, among other things, due to loose fillets, and to confirm the effect of different muscle qualities on the processing and further utilization of farmed cod.

Cod farming is growing rapidly in the Nordic countries. In 2001, production was 1,000 tonnes of cod, but increased to 15,000 tonnes in 2008. It is expected that 35,000 tonnes will be produced in 2010 and that more will be processed into fillets. In order to create a competitive product, production costs need to be reduced, and in this context it is important to reduce the cost of the mature fish and increase utilization. Until now, most emphasis has been placed on growth and survival, but less attention has been paid to quality and end products of farmed cod. This has affected production methods in terms of year-round production and slaughter. The market demand for a product of high and stable quality in the quantity demanded by the market has made farmed cod a raw material that many customers have high expectations of. It is important that developments in the production of farmed cod take into account the wishes of the market, with quality characteristics such as white fish flesh, size and freshness.

The aim of the project is to examine how much value is lost, for example due to loosening in fillets, and to confirm the effect of different muscle qualities on the processing and further utilization of farmed cod.