Optimal utilization of seafood side-streams through the design of new holistic process lines

Waseabi Fish

Technology infrastructure and logistics

The current exploitation of the aquatic resources is hampered by inefficiency as up to 70 % end up as low-value products or waste, which is unsustainable considering the rising populations. In order to utilise this currently poorly exploited biomass for higher value purposes, provision of proper logistics and infrastructure to ensure high quality of side-streams for a prolonged window of time is essential. Also promising technologies currently available at lab level need to be adapted to industrial scale and integrated into a biorefinery approach.

Solving the challenges

The objective of the WaSeaBi project is to solve challenges that prevent more sound exploitation of the aquatic resources. This will be obtained by developing, sorting technologies, storage solutions and decision tools that will secure an efficient, sustainable supply system for by-catches, as well as for solid and liquid side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic processing industries to biorefining operations. This will result in valorisation of these raw materials into marketable products. By addressing side-streams from six different raw materials emerging from typical aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic processing industries in Europe, WaSeaBi will take a whole chain perspective to succeed with high quality production of:

  • Bioactive peptides for nutraceutical, food and feed applications
  • Protein-based food ingredients
  • Savoury ingredients and mineral supplements for food and feed

WaSeaBi will also construct biorefining approaches and validate selected solutions in pilot scale at the premises of participating companies. The commercial potential of the produced ingredients will be evaluated and specific environmental, economic and social impacts of the proposed solutions will be quantified. Several of the developed technologies will be transferable across seafood companies. 

Months

53

Months
Million €

4

Million €
Countries

4

Countries
Partners

13

Partners

Latest news

Sorting herring co-products and monitoring lipid oxidation of the different fractions
Sorting herring co-products and monitoring lipid oxidation of the different fractions

When fish is processed into fillets, all co-products (head, backbone, caudal fin, skin, and intestines) typically end up in one bin and are subsequently so…

Lack of technology, space and personnel hinder valorisation of side-streams
Lack of technology, space and personnel hinder valorisation of side-streams

That is the conclusion in a study that set out to uncover what the current hurdles and bottlenecks are that prevent the implementation of valorisation solu…

Three WaSeaBi presentations at the EFFoST Conference
Three WaSeaBi presentations at the EFFoST Conference

If you are looking to learn more about WaSeaBi and the results achieved in the project you will have ample opportunity to do so if you attend the 35th EFFo…

Eating quality and the origin of a product are key purchase drivers for consumers
Eating quality and the origin of a product are key purchase drivers for consumers

In a study conducted by the WaSeaBi project where the aim was to investigate how consumers feel about eating foods that contain ingredients made from seafo…

Events

Fish Waste For Profit

9 Jun 2022

Fish Waste For Profit

WaSeaBi will be presenting at the Fish Waste For Profit conference which takes place from 9-10 June 2022 in Reykjavik.

EuroFoodChem conference

22 Nov 2021

EuroFoodChem conference

Learn about the results achieved in WaSeaBi at the XXIst edition of the EuroFoodChem conference, which will be held on-line from 22-24 November 2021.

35th EFFoST International Conference 2021

1 Nov 2021

35th EFFoST International Conference 2021

WaSeabi is represented at the 35th EFFoST International Conference which will be held in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland from 1-4 November 2021.

18th Euro Fed Lipid Congress and Expo

18 Oct 2021

18th Euro Fed Lipid Congress and Expo

WaSeaBi will be presenting at the 18th Euro Fed Lipid Congress and Expo, which takes place online from 18-21 October 2021.

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