The towns of Båtsfjord and Kvalsund are planning and building plants to dry fish heads and fish backbones. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that an Icelandic firm has launched a cooperation with Aker Seafood that will sell the dried fish heads to Nigerian customers.
Demand is strong, and the Norwegians are happy to help.
"It's interesting that fish heads can be exploited," said Frank Kristiansen of a fishing industry research firm in Tromsø, Fiskeriforskning. "Up to now, they've been mostly either thrown away or used for animal feed."