Royal Greenland participates in WASEABI project
Royal Greenland will over the course of the next 4 years, participate in the new EU project WASEABI to better utilize the marine resources by optimizing the use of byproducts in production and bycatch in the fishery.
The WASEABI research project is headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark in collaboration with research institutes across Europe and Royal Greenland. The aim is to optimize the utilization of side streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the fishing industry by developing new methods for producing ingredients for the food industry. WASEABI is a contradiction of the words 'Waste', 'Seafood side-streams' and 'Bioeconomy'.
Over the next 4 years, the WASEABI project will help develop these methods and solutions to turn side-streams into a source of income for seafood companies across Europe and into as a source of protein and minerals in other foods.
The potential is big as the European fishing industry totals 5.1 million tonnes of processed fish annually, where almost a third ends up as side-streams for animal feed or simply to become waste.
The aim for WASEABI is thus also to investigate, what possible barriers and challenges fish processing companies face in using side-streams as new ingredients as well as how consumers would feel about eating foods that contain products that have traditionally been thrown out.
WASEABI will also investigate how to store and preserve the side-stream products to ensure a high level of food safety and quality and investigate technologies for extracting protein and minerals as well as how to produce different food flavourings.
Selected technologies will be scaled up during the 4 years to allow participating companies like Royal Greenland to apply them in pilot plant scale and in some cases in full industrial scale.