According to the EU-funded DIVERSIFY project, European aquaculture employs 190 000 people and has a EUR 7 billion ex-farm value. But only 10 % of the seafood eaten by consumers in the bloc is actually generated within the EU. The greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) is a species that could help boost this percentage given their large size, their fillet yield, the short time to market and suitability for product diversification and development of value-added products.

Ireland.- SEAFOODTOMORROW is a new, €7m European Union Horizon 2020-funded project that aims to develop innovative sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary properties of seafood in Europe. Addressing the challenge to meet the growing market need for safe and sustainable seafood, the project will generate new knowledge to develop commercial solutions for improving the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of the European seafood production and processing industry.

USA.- Microbial proteins, such as fungal biomass produced on low-cost feedstock, have gained significant attention as feed ingredients due to cost effectiveness and long-term sustainability. Fungal process is a low-cost and simple process for animal feed production, as fungi are known to grow extensively on diverse organic feedstocks under optimal conditions. Hawaii produces a large quantity of fruit and food/agri by-products and waste products that may have the potential to be upgraded into protein enriched value-added products. The ongoing CTSA-funded project “Utilization of local agri-processing by-products to produce fungal protein for aquatic feed production” is investigating this potential in products including molasses, cassava, papaya waste, and microbrewery waste.

In order to meet the demands for salmon, many salmon farms have developed along the coasts of Scandinavia and Scotland. These operations are governed by strict environmental regulations. Farms are required to determine how their fish production is affecting the marine benthic ecosystem. Therefore, they analyse the presence of so-called bioindicator organisms such as crustaceans and worms on the sea floor. This process is time-consuming and expensive. Researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern together with colleagues from the University of Geneva are developing faster and more efficient methods. They utilize the DNA from microorganisms to characterise changes more precisely that was previously possible. Their studies have been published in the renowned journals Ecological Indicators and Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Norwich, United Kingdom.- Squid, sole, dogfish, herring and cod all feed on baby jellyfish – according to new research from the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).