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SEAREFINERY

Improved Valorization of Marine Sources and Processing Waste for Resource Efficient Blue Food/Feed and Environmentally Sustainable Materials Development

Key facts

Proposal no: SBEP2023-939

Status: ongoing

Duration:
1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024

Intervention Area:
PA3 - Climate-neutral, environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient blue food and feed

Description

Impact-oriented utilization pathways for new sustainable, unexploited low trophic marine resources and fish/aquaculture wastes are one of the key pillars of sustainable transformation of EU blue economy. SEAREFINERY aims to establish a novel bio-based blue food/feed and blue food packaging materials production platform by embracing marine-based sources and wastes targeting five seas. The SEAREFINERY concept will be designed within a multidisciplinary and smart collaboration platform for developing a breakthrough eco-centric strategy considering the local sources, economic and social perspectives at transnational level within the EU.  The specific aims of SEAREFINERY includes extraction of high value-added compounds from invasive species, low trophic organisms and marine derived by-products, utilisation of marine-based extracted materials for development of blue food analogues (meat and cheese), functional bread, and smart and active food packaging materials, valorisation of aquaculture and fish waste for blue feed production via bacterial fermentation and microalgae cultivation, a systematic evaluation of the products based on environmental impacts, market analysis, and consumer acceptance followed by a multi-criteria decision making analysis. At the end of the project, this pin-point novel approach will fulfill the needs for restoring and preservation of the marine ecosystem, the need for valorisation of marine resources for sustainable blue economy, the needs and requirements of society and end-users as well as it will allow for new business models and investment schemes.

Project partners

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden
KTH
Coordinator

Istanbul Technical University

Turkey
ITU
Partner

Istanbul University - Institute of Marine Sciences and Management

Turkey
IU-DEBIEN
Partner

Italbiotec Srl

Italy
ITB
Partner

National Council of Research of Italy

Italy
IPCB-CNR
Partner

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norway
NMBU
Partner

University of The Basque Country

Spain
EHU
Partner