Methodology and creative thinking
Fish scales 2016
Course: Methodology - Creative thinking
Thomas Edouard Pausz
The fishing industry is one of the main pillars of the Icelandic economy and the utilization is on of the best in the food production in Iceland.
I mapped the fish in my research journey, like a fish utilization. My working focus was on the scales.
In the South West of Iceland the scale from Redfish is utilized, mainly for mink food but for pet food as well. In other areas the scales are thrown away as waste.
The scale samples on the left are from redfish, that have been heated and pressed. This material looks and feels a lot like some kind of plastic and it is very light.
Fish scales are an example of a bio-composite. A large part of fish scales is made up of the protein collagen, a biopolymer. In fish scales the collagen is combined with a hard inorganic crystalline material to form a composite that is strong and waterproof.