This year, we had industry leaders giving us perspectives on the industry drivers, corporates talking about how they adopt to changes, and startups with cutting-edge technology pitching. One on the scene was Laila Knarvik from Bremnes Seashore, who talked about decades of R&D spending’s into their fish welfare which drives an excellent quality.

Nina Stangeland, Managing Director of NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster opened the day together with Einar Wathne, Chairman of the Cluster, before we had an exciting line up.


Welcome, Einar Wathne, Chairman, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster
Global trends in the aquaculture industry, Dag Sletmo, Senior Vice President, DNB
Reinventing aquaculture nets for increased sustainability, Vayu Garware, Chairman and Managing Director, Garware Technical Fibres
Consumer demands for traceability, Heida Helgadottir, CEO, Niceland Seafood
Innovating – persistence to succeed!, Knut Molaug, CEO, Aqua Robotics
Creating value from producers of raw material to consumers, Sverre Søraa, CEO, Coast Seafood
When fish welfare drives quality and quality drives fish welfare, Laila Knarvik, Innovation Manager, Bremnes Seashore
How digital farming is transforming agriculture, Ole Morten Boldevin, Enterprise Sales Leader, IBM
1 year later: Using customer needs to drive technology development, Benjamin Renquist, Founder & President, GenetiRate – Winner of Seafood Innovation Award 2019
Financing aquaculture innovations, Carsten Crome, Managing Partner, HATCH

winner of Seafood Innovation Awards 2020

After lunch, we had cutting-edge startups pitching on the scene for an audience award.

This year, Tracio from Iceland won the Seafood Innovation Award 2020. This includes business consulting from experts, cluster membership, and access to our upcoming Seafood Innovation Portal. Tracio is developing a new system based on chemical sensors and visual indicators that detect spoilage gases, and with machine learning offer dynamic expiry dates and freshness indication all the way from production to the fridge at home.

Afterwards to round of the day, all the startups had speed dates with investors and industry executives. Read about all startups here and a full article about the winner, Tracio here.


Thanks to everyone who made this year a successful event. If you have ideas on how we can improve the Seafood Innovation Day next time, please send feedback to Solveig Holm,

For those we weren’t here, we hope to see you next year because the North Atlantic Seafood Forum gathers multinational, diverse knowledge and experience shared between hundreds of participants from all over the world. Logosalat NASF 2020.jpeg