Biography Ragnhild Dragøy
I work as research director for the marine biotechnology (MB) group at Nofima. In this group, we focus on the optimal exploitation of side streams and unused marine biomass. Side streams or by-products is a collective term that is often used to describe the biomass that is not part of the conventional fish or shellfish product. We work constantly to ensure that the valuable components in this biomass is conserved and put to use.
In addition to the side stream, there is a significant biomass from the oceans that is not yet exploited, and we focus on the sustainable use of these resources too.
We work together across Nofima to ensure total exploitation of all the biomass from the sea as well as from land, and we work to optimize the entire value chain from research to commercialization. We aim at increasing the value from all the precious marine resources we have in Norway and globally.
My academic background is a PhD in chemistry and an MBA in sustainable innovation in global seafood. My experience comes from the academic and commercial sectors and I have expertize with in innovation in bioprocessing, bioprospecting, nano- and micro technology and commercialization and I focus on sustainable exploitation of the resources we have in the sea.
Ragnhild Dragøy has 22 publications at Nofima:
20. August 2020 – 31. December 2028
Vision: Pioneering the lower-trophic fisheries – Innovations to unlock the blue bioeconomic potential.
2. January 2019 – 31. December 2021
18. April 2017 – 1. September 2020
Snow crab is a relatively new species for the Norwegian seafood industry. The aim of this project has been to contribute towards a sustainable crab fishery in the future and to make the best possible use of this new resource.
2. January 2017 – 27. December 2019
The overall goal for this project is twofold; the establishment of biovalorization processes to convert unutilized marine raw rest materials into valuable bioproducts on a pilot scale.
1. January 2016 – 31. December 2018
Micro MBT is a project focused on the conversion of low value biomass to products with higher value.
1. January 2016 – 31. December 2022
With the use of modern, research-based process technology and expertise, unused or under utilized biomass of marine or terrestrial origin can be used for new, marketable products. We coordinate, develop and increase Nofima’s total expertise related to the future of sustainable protein production. Peptek is a strategic research initiative focused on sustainability, total utilization, food safety and future food security.
1. March 2015 – 28. February 2019
In this multi-disciplinary project we have studied the entire value chain for mackerel and farmed salmon.