Conference Programme

Fish Waste for Profit 2019 - Striving for 100% utilisation

Fish Waste for Profit 2019 is the 3rd edition of the Icelandic Fisheries Conference, which will run separately to the IceFish Exhibition for the first time from 10-11 April 2019.

This year's programme will cover how the reutilisation of fish processing by-products has become a lucrative add-on to regular fish processing, serving the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Estimates reveal that 43% of fish and shellfish resources end up as wastage, which represents a significant amount of potential profit that could be generated from otherwise discarded material.

Fish Waste for Profit provides attendees with knowledge on how to maximise their return on investment from potentially discarded parts of the catch that can be turned into high value products for non-food sectors. This is a must attend event for those looking to discover new innovations and industry insights, and to develop relations with key industry stakeholders.

The last edition of Fish Waste for Profit took place in September 2017, delivering case-study-based presentations, selected with the aim of informing attendees about recent industry developments and the 'big business' that fish waste is becoming.

To view the topics covered on the programme for Fish Waste for Profit 2019 click here or view the programme below.


Day 1 - Wednesday 10th April


 Coffee & Registration


 Chairman's Welcome
Thor Sigfusson, Founder and Chairman, Iceland Ocean Cluster

Keynote Addresses


Development of byproduct utilization in Iceland
Hordur G. Kristinsson, Chief Science and Innovation Officer, Matis


Future predictions for availability of raw material from by-products
Neil Auchterlonie, Technical Director, IFFO




 Coffee & Networking

Session 1 - Funding the Future


 Investment opportunities in the by-product industry
Húni Jóhannesson, Specialist in Corporate Finance, Arctica Finance


 The Food Heroes Project
Rebecca Doyle, Food Heroes Project Manager, BIM - Ireland's seafood development agency*




 Lunch & Networking

Session 2 - Leading by Example: the Icelandic by-product reutilisation industry


 Leading producer case study: refined fish oils for human consumption
Katrin Petursdottir, Managing Director, Lysi


 Fish and Fashion
Gunnsteinn Björnsson, CEO, Atlantic Leather


 Enzymes from deep sea cod fish
Asgeir Asgeirsson, General Manager, Zymetech


 Free Fatty Acids from Marine Oils - an Untapped Asset
Stella Rögn Sigurdordottir, Managing Director, Lipid Pharmaceuticals


 Reutilisation success in the cosmetics industry
Hrönn Margrét Magnúsdóttir, Co-Founder and CEO, Feel Iceland




 Coffee & Networking

Session 3 - Prospects for by-product utilisation across the globe


 Bioresources & Scotland’s Circular Economy
Amanda Ingram, Bioeconomy Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland


 Fish by-product recovery and utilisation: Examples from Ireland
Maria Hayes, Scientific Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre


Zero waste operations in the Tuna city of Indonesia: Journey towards 100% utilisation in the Tuna industry
Michella Irawan, Managing Director, PT Etmieco Group


100% utilisation of crab by-products
Karin Loft Eybye, Consultant - Food Technology & AgroTech, Danish Technological Institute





End of Conference day 1


Networking drinks reception and canapes


Day 2 - Thursday 11th April




 Chairman's Introduction
Thor Sigfusson, Founder and Chairman, Iceland Ocean Cluster

Session 4 - Technology showcase - Processing professionals and technology developers show their latest innovations. Pechakucha presentations.

09:30 - 10:00

 Speakers include:

Increased utilisation and value creation from whitefish rest raw materials - Ana Carvajal, Research Manager, Sintef

Processing by-products directly on vessels - Sara Kobbelgaard, Senior Specialist - AgroTech, Danish Technological Institute

Torfi Th. Thorsteinsson, Head of Business Development, HB Grandi*

Speaker TBC, Alfa Laval*




 Coffee & Networking

Session 5 - Quality vs. Quantity - panel discussion

11:00 - 12:00


Panellists include:

Davíð Tómas Davíðsson, Research and Development, Codland



Close of Conference



Bus departs for technical visit to Codland facility - Haustak

  *speaker invited

To book a place at the conference please visit the Delegate Bookings page, or to register your interest, please contact:

Events Team on +44 1329 825335
or email Jessica Gwynn, Events Project Manager on