January 2019- Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET BlueShell Meeting

TU Dublin was delighted to host the European partners of the "Exploring Shellfish By-products as sources of Blue Bioactivities (BlueShell)" project on January 29th and 30th, in the FOCAS Research Institute. The researchers at the meeting gave a detailed update of their ongoing work packages.

This project is funded by the FP7 ERA-NET scheme and includes partners from:

- TU Dublin (School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Food Science & Environmental Health)
- Ghent University
- Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Belgium
- Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
- National Research Council,  Naples Italy
- Whitaker Nofima, Tromsoe Norway
- Irish Fish Canners Ltd.

Currently about 70% of annual shellfish production ends up as by-products. Apart from use in chitin/chitosan, this marine biomass is used to either make fertilizer/low value products or is sent to landfill, incinerated or dumped at sea. BlueShell will address this problem by exploring 3 typical shellfish by-products; shrimp shells, crab shells and defect mussels, for potential (bio)active compounds targeted at the sustainable supply of safe, healthy foods.

For more information on the project, visit: http://www.marinebiotech.eu/blueshell