Elise Sæle Dahle is split in four. The reason? She works as a Project developer for Land Meets Ocean, a crossover initiative which contributes to sustainable innovation and industry development.
Photo by Cecilie Bannow

Simplifying collaboration across

– The purpose of my position is to make it easier to collaborate across blue and green bioeconomy. Agriculture, aquaculture, and fishery have a lot of potential to make projects together that benefits them all, Elise says.

Even though Land Meets Ocean mainly is driven “only” by Elise, the project is a collaboration between the four national clusters NCE Seafood Innovation, NCE Heidner Biocluster, NCE Blue Legasea and Biotech North.

The project aims to stimulate increased growth, circularity, and sustainability in the bioindustries, and it has four focus areas:  

  • Increased circularity
  • New raw materials for fish and land animals
  • Improved use of residual raw material and side streams
  • Cross-sectorial cooperation, industrial symbiosis, and new value chains

Smart use of our resources

Elise Sæle Dahle is passionate about facilitating collaboration to improve our footprint and use our resources smarter. Today, linear use of resources is the common way.

– For example, in salmon farming they lose the same amount of phosphorus as agriculture imports as fertilizers. Is that a sustainable use of our bioresources, she asks.

– And if Norway is to significantly increase the value creation in the circular economy, collaboration is vital to establish more circular use of our resources.
BlueMusselFeed's project group
Land Meets Ocean and the collaborators from BlueMusselFeed had a kick off at Salmon Eye last week. Photo: Silje K. Robinson

Blue mussels as chicken feed

One of the ongoing projects at Land Meets Ocean is BlueMusselFeed, which aims to test blue mussels as an ingredient in chicken feed. Fiskå Mølle, Lerøy Ocean Forest, Eide Fjordbruk, Norforsk, Animalia and Nortura are the industry partners.

– Using blue mussels instead of imported proteins can improve the footprint of feed and increase Norway’s self-sufficiency. This is a great example on what we can do if we collaborate across sectors, Elise says.
People on a boat.
From the left: Elise Sæle Dahle, Land Meets Ocean, Hilde Schøyen, Fiskå Mølle, Vladana Grabez, Animalia, and Malin Kleppe, Lerøy/Ocean Forest. Photo: Silje K. Robinson

Your own innovation department

Cluster to cluster collaboration is an excellent approach to stimulate project creation, innovation and circular solutions, and Elise’s role functions as a bridge between them.  

Also, members of the clusters are welcome to reach out to Elise, she says.

– I will be your extended innovation department, and I’ll happily discuss project ideas.

Contact Elise at elise.sale.dahle@klosser.no