Interview – Raja Mansingh Rathore from Pelagia AS
The Norwegian producer of pelagic fish products, Pelagia AS (www.pelagia.com) is a project partner of the AQUABIOPRO-FIT consortium. We caught up with Product and process developer, Raja Mansingh Rathore, to find out why Pelagia AS chose to be part of the AQUABIOPRO-FIT consortium and how the project will impact the fish industry.
What is your area of expertise?
My area of expertise is fish nutrition and the utilization of by-products from aquaculture and fisheries.
What was it about AQUABIOPRO-FIT that triggered your interest?
Pelagia AS is dealing with fish and fisheries products and we are committed to using 100% of the fish. We know that the by-products from fish processing have much more potential than just being used as raw material for traditional fish meal and fish oil. The full potential of fish-based value-added products has not yet been harnessed. The objectives of AQUABIOPRO-FIT were very much within our company’s interest area.
What value/impact will the results from the project bring?
In terms of product development, a taste- and odor neutral fish protein will open possibilities for a well-accepted marine protein product for the human consumption market segment. Furthermore, we believe that the outcomes of the project will not only give economic benefit to the fisheries/aquaculture industries, but also ecological and environmental benefits by reducing waste. Which in turn, may provide a long-lasting sustainable growth for the industry.
What are the main advantages of EU projects such as AQUABIOPRO-FIT?
This type of projects takes a 360⁰ approach to the entire problem. Such projects provide us with a consortium of competent partners that investigate economical, scientific/technical, social, environmental and even market related issues linked to the proposal.
The AQUABIOPRO-FIT consortium consists of 3 universities, 1 large company, 3 SMEs, 1 NGO and 4 research institutes from 7 European countries. Find out more about Pelagia AS and the other project partners here https://www.aquabioprofit.eu/partners/
Relative project terms
Clinical tests , Communication , Fish by-product bioactives , Marine elixir development , Model studies - documentation , Training , Tunicates
Category: Internal project activities