Production of insects in the fjords using local resources.

In industrialized countries, a high amount of vegetable by-products from the food industry are discarded everyday. These waste products, not directly suitable for human consumption, can be used in several ways. Some waste streams can be used for livestock feed, while others can be composted or used, for example, as biofuels.  Insects have the abillity to efficently transform vegetable waste with a high fibre content into fat and protein. Therefore, waste products can also be used as feeding substrates for insects, which can in turn produce insect raw materials destined to fish feed. The suitability of insect meal and lipid as feed resources in the salmon farming industry has been investigated by NIFES (see AquaFly).

The aim of the Stordal project is to investigate which local waste products are suitable to rear insects in Norway. Waste from the production of fish meal, mackrell, kelp, tunicates as well as brewery and pizza GRANDIOSA waste products are tested as feeding media for larvae of mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) and superworms (Zophobas morio). In the Stordal project, we investigate how the nutritional composition of insects changes when they are fed these waste products.



National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
Project Leader Erik-Jan Lock
Tlf. +4795401244

Project funding

  • Program: RFF-MIDT
  • Norwegian Research Council: 350 000 NOK
  • Duration: 2015-2016

Project partners

  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES)
  • NorInsect AS