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The challenge

In Europe, only 50% of the 11 million tons of fish biomass, from fisheries and aquaculture, is used directly for human consumption.

As a result, there are potentially more than 5 million tons of protein-rich by-products available for higher value applications that are presently underutilized. Today, these are mainly used for animal feed, as fishmeal and silage, in pet food or discarded.

AQUABIOPRO-FIT will address this challenge by promoting the efficient utilisation of European aquaculture, fisheries and agriculture by-products in animal feed and nutritional supplement products for fitness and health. Τhis provides greater opportunities of producing nutritional and functional products from a relatively untapped biomass source while contributing to environmentally responsible and sustainable practices of efficient resource use. Overall, high-quality nutrients and bioactives are obtained while aiming to reduce waste by 50%.

Relative aquaculture and fisheries production in European countries and Turkey Relative aquaculture and fisheries production in European countries and Turkey.
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Relative aquaculture and fisheries production in European countries and Turkey Relative aquaculture and fisheries production in European countries and Turkey.