blue economy, underutilized species, marine biodiversity, new processed seafoods
2_Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
The current research proposal aims to develop fingerprints of European underutilised fish species. The global fish market is currently focused on the "Medium-valuable" caring fish species (e. g. cod, sole, sea bass, sea bream, etc.). The nutritional value and organoleptic characteristics of "poor" species (e.g., horse mackerel, bogue, round sardinella, etc.) are often unknown and /or ignored. Thus, they are less appreciated by consumers. Although their catches are relevant, these species are even thoughtful as a fishing waste. A lot of these species belong to the group of “blue fish”, which can boast valuable nutritional qualities, excellent flavor, and a high quality-price ratio. The “underuse” of these species represents a serious limitation for the correct exploitation of marine resources. Furthermore, giving the right value to these species would allow to avoid the overexploitation of other species, allowing repopulation in a sustainable approach to marine ecosystem and biodiversity. The project will consider the following WPs:
-WP1- "omic" characterization of underutilised species (mito- and metagenomics)
-WP2- nutritional/rheological and physical-chemical characterization of under-utilized fish species.
Nutritional: moisture, protein, fat, carbohydrates, ash, and sodium content
Rheological: Texture Profile Analysis (TPA), colour
Physical-chemical: pH, aw, total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N), trimethylamine (TMA), Histamine, Metmyoglobin content, Contaminants (heavy metals, microplastics)
The evaluation of the chemical composition of these products aims not only to know their nutritional value but is also for a broader knowledge base to be integrated into quality policies and consumer information.
-WP3- create a database
All the acquired data (nutritional, rheological, physical-chemical, omics) will be collected in a unique database and shared with stakeholders, industries and consumers
-WP4- develop a new fish transformation process to facilitate the consume of under-utilized fish species. (e.g fish burger)
We are looking for partners who can fit into the WP3-4 and 5 project activities. If you are interested please contact us.
The partnership is currently composed of italian partner: the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Naples Federico II, the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn and Cosvitec (a small company). We are looking for other partners in other eligible countries to present a joint project.