Health effects of ingredients from residual raw material
In this project we worked to find new methods for concentrating residual raw materials from, pelagic fish, farmed salmon, trout, sea bass and sea bream, and investigated the health effects of these.
01. Apr 2018
31. Dec 2022
EU - Horizon 2020
Pelagia (NO), Marin Biogas (SE), Nofima (NO), University of Valencia (ES), Meat Technology Centre of Galicia (ES), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), University of Crete (GR), Biognosis (GR), Biointech (BG), Seagarden (NO) Vertech Group (FR), EFFoST (NL)
Large amounts of fish and side streams from fisheries and aquaculture are wasted or used in animal feeds in Europe.
These raw materials represent a nutrient rich biomass rich in proteins, bioactive peptides, LCω-3PUFAs, organic minerals, vitamins and more, that should be collected, preserved, extracted, and used for higher value products.
To achieve this goal considerable investments and new knowledge development is needed. Reliable documentation and consumer education as well as the establishment of appropriate legislative framework are indispensable so that marine biomass-based products can successfully reach and establish in the markets.
AQUABIOPRO-FIT, a BBI JU Horizon 2020 funded project led by Nofima, brought together an interdisciplinary team of experts that worked together to remove bottlenecks and fill gaps of knowledge in ingredient and product development using marine biomass.
The specific AQUABIOPRO-FIT goal was to enhance marine product value by creating unique fractions with a higher content of proteins, different peptides, and other target bioactive compounds, including soluble nitrogenous substances, highly unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.
We tested the quality and bioactivity of the different fractions chemically, in model systems (cell cultures and mice) and sensory panels. In addition, tunicate (Ciona intestinalis) culture was established leading to growing production and successful commercial applications production of extruded feeds for Atlantic salmon as well as ingredients for food products (tunicate protein meat-like balls) and taste enhancers (ciona umami fond).
Finally, we developed the AQUABIOPRO-FIT nutritional supplements which were documented in 4 clinical studies with athletes, healthy volunteers testing pH-balance, skin, nail and hair quality and detoxification, and patients with depression, stress and/or anxiety disorder. The cost-efficiency, environmental and social aspects of the developed processes were assessed, and standard production protocols established and used in the developed life-long training courses, available on-line in the project’s web site.
Significant project results
- Taste and odour neutral protein concentrates and marine collagen using different fish biomass sources by Seagarden in collaboration with Nofima.
- Healthier meat products using marine biomass-based extracts by CETECA (Vigo, Spain).
- Online long life learning courses by BioInTech (Bulgaria) and Biognosis (Greece) in collaboration with Marine Feed (Sweeden), University of Crete (Greece), Seagarden (Norway), Arditec (France) and Nofima (Norway).
- Tunicate meal for salmon feeds, tunicate protein for burgers and tunicate umami fond as meat taste enhancer.
- Significant positive skin health effects during the summer months in Greece, using the AQUABIOPRO-FIT nutritional supplement containing ingredients developed by Nofima, Seagarden and Pelagia/EPAX (Norway).
- Significant positive effects against anxiety and depression, using the AQUABIOPRO-FIT nutritional supplement containing ingredients developed by Nofima, Seagarden and Pelagia/EPAX (Norway).
- Significant effects on detoxification, using the AQUABIOPRO-FIT body balance nutritional supplement containing ingredients developed by Nofima, Seagarden and Pelagia/EPAX (Norway).
- Significant effects on athlete performance and blood omega-3 levels using the AQUABIOPRO-FIT nutritional supplement containing ingredients developed by Seagarden and Pelagia/EPAX (Norway).
The clinical trials were performed in Greece, by Biognosis and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, following screening model studies performed by the University of Crete (Medicine School, Greece), Valencia University (Pharmacy school, Spain), Nofima (Norway) and BioInTech (Bulgaria).
The AQUABIOPRO-FIT activities was communicated using an animate video in Youtube, and in social media by EFFOST (The Netherlands) and the project achievements were disseminated in peer review publications, conference special sessions, webinars and the dedicated final AQUABIOPRO-FIT conference, all available on line.
The use of tunicate (Ciona intestinalis) as a sustainable protein source in fish feed – Effects on the extrusion process, physical pellet quality and microstructure
Nutritional and Sensory Properties of Protein Hydrolysates Based on Salmon (Salmo salar), Mackerel (Scomber scombrus), and Herring (Clupea harengus) Heads and Backbones
Fish Sidestream-Derived Protein Hydrolysates Suppress DSS-Induced Colitis by Modulating Intestinal Inflammation in Mice
Collagen-Containing Fish Sidestream-Derived Protein Hydrolysates Support Skin Repair via Chemokine Induction
Cytoprotective Effects of Fish Protein Hydrolysates against H2O2-Induced Oxidative Stress and Mycotoxins in Caco-2/TC7 Cells
Improved Extraction Efficiency of Antioxidant Bioactive Compounds from Tetraselmis chuii and Phaedoactylum tricornutum Using Pulsed Electric Fields
AQUABIOPRO-FIT has its own website, where you can find more information, publications and follow the project’s activities.
Go to aquabioprofit.eu
Feed development and nutrition
Residual raw material
Aquafeed Technology Centre
First generation of animal derived hydrolysates meeting sensory conditions and consumer demand
Peptide technology for the future’s protein production
Files and Links
Watch broadcast from Thessalian Radio-Television (TRT)
ScienceNordic: Bringing fish heads and bones back to the dinner table
Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine: Food scraps to become dairy and meat substitutes