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 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 will optimize the utilization of seafood side-streams by developing storage solutions, sorting technologies and decision tools that will secure an efficient, sustainable supply system for by-catches, and side-streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic processing industries. This will enable valorisation of these raw materials into marketable products. By addressing side-streams from 6 different raw materials representing typical aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic processing industries in Europe, WaSeaBi will take a whole chain perspective to succeed with high quality production of:
bioactives peptides for nutraceutical, food and feed application
protein-based food ingredients
savoury ingredients and mineral supplements for food and feed.