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Production of hydrolysed collagen from fishery by-products

That is what Matís together with Codland, Biomaga, DTU, The Novo Nordisk Foundation and Center for Biosustainability set out to do in the Nordic Innovation funded project “Production of Hydrolysed Collagen from Fishery By-Products”. 

They turned fish skin into Collagen Hydrolysate (CH), a type of gelatine. This gives 3-5% bigger yield of the fish and uses a formerly discarded part of the fish to produce a new type of gelatine. The collagen can be used in food and is a very good alternative to traditional collagen as it is not associated with religious restrictions. 

The project was a part of Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Marine innovation Program 2.0 that ran from 2015 to 2018. In 2019, construction will start on a plant to be owned by four major Icelandic fish producers. The plant will produce collagen from fish skin and commercialise the project results. 

Project participants: 

Codland, Matís, Biomega (NO), Technical University of Denmark, DTU, The  Novo Nordisk Foundation, Center for Biosustainability (DK)