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Five European countries are working together to optimize the utilization of seafood side-streams

02 July 2020 South, Belgium, Denmark WaSeaBi is an EU-funded project that will achieve a valuable exploitation of the biomass by developing storage solutions, sorting technologies and decision tools, which will secure an efficient and sustainable supply system for by-catches as well as side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic processing industries.

Five European countries are working together to optimize the utilization of seafood side-streams

The current exploitation of the aquatic biomass is much too low. Up to 70 % of the aquatic resources end up as side-streams, which are either used for low-value purposes such as animal feed or disposed of, which is costly for the companies involved. This calls for a more sustainable and commercially attractive exploitation of the fish and other aquatic products. WaSeaBi takes up this challenge.

WaSeaBi is an EU-funded project that aims to develop and test new concepts, which will ensure that side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic processing industries can be exploited for production of new products and ingredients.

The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of 13 partners from Denmark, Sweden, Spain, France and Belgium, aims to develop and test new concepts, which will ensure that side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic processing industries can be exploited for production of new products and ingredients. Notably, EIT Food South will be responsible of the exploitation and the strategy for pre-commercial innovation and IPR management for a more sustainable and commercially attractive exploitation of seafood and aquatic ingredients. 

WaSeaBi will achieve a valuable exploitation of the biomass by developing storage solutions, sorting technologies and decision tools, which will secure an efficient and sustainable supply system for by-catches as well as side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic processing industries. It will enable an added value of the raw materials into marketable products. By addressing side-streams from six different raw materials, WaSeaBi will take a value chain perspective to succeed with high quality production of for instance protein-based food ingredients and aromatic ingredients and mineral supplements for food and feed. In addition, the WaSeaBi project will evaluate the commercial potential of the produced ingredients as well as quantify specific environmental, economic and social impacts of the proposed solutions.

Are you a seafood producer and would you like to turn the leftovers from your production into high value ingredients? We want to identify hurdles and bottlenecks that prevent exploitation of side-streams from different seafood productions so that we can come up with solutions that will enable exploitation of the side-streams. To do this, we need information on how the seafood industries are handling the side-streams today and what is needed to valorise the side-streams. By helping us you help yourself in exploiting the side-streams by participating in this survey. The results from the survey will contribute to the development of new solutions for valorising the side-streams.

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