Title: Production of high quality and added value biomolecules utilizing fishery by-products and discards

Funding Source: EPAnEK Aquaculture

Budget IMBBC: 206,599€

Start / End Date: 2018 - 2021

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Ioannis (Yannis) Kotzamanis

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VIOAXIOPIO project aims at the exploitation of fish by-products and discards (FBPD), which currently are thrown away through the current supply chain (handling, marketing and processing), towards the production of high added value biomolecules (HAVB), such as gelatine, various forms of collagen, unsaturated fatty acids and minerals-trace elements.

The objectives of the Project include:

1. Designing and developing a network for the collection, handling, maintenance and transfer of raw material FBPD from the fish auction as well as the various fish resale points (central fish markets, super markets, fish markets, open markets) to selected collection points and processing facilities of OKAA.

2. The creation of practical solutions for the separation and proper storage of FBPD according to the category of HAVB to be produced.

3. The development of protocols, adapted to Greek species of FBPD, for production of HAVB (gelatine, hydrolyzed collagen, collagen peptides, fatty acids and minerals-trace elements).

4. The elaboration of an integrated National Business Plan for the exploitation of all raw materials from FBPD by OKAA.

The above objectives are intended to add value to each kilogram of harvested and later discarded fish biomass and to apply practices that have been already applied in several European countries, following adaptation to Greek conditions (species, way of transport, legislation, etc.).

The circular economy model offers a new chance of innovation and integration between natural ecosystems, businesses, quality of human life, and waste management.