Cultured fish for human consumption

PERIOD: 2014 - 2018

The project ensures that low-value products (fish feed) are converted into healthy food through sustainable aquaculture and that waste products from the production of bioethanol in Brazil are reused as valuable bioactive substances.

Globally, aquaculture is the fastest-growing animal food sector and today half of the world´s consumption of fish originates from aquaculture (FAO Report 2010).

Aquaculture facilities in São Paulo and Denmark differ with respect to fish species and breeding practices but issues that negatively impact fish production are similar at both locations: 

  • Intensive fish breeding enhances the risk of diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  • Several fish infections have zoonotic potential and may affect human health.
  • Microbes produce off-flavours that penetrate the fish and make them unattractive.
  • Dense fish stocks may promote the growth of fish-killing toxic microbes by eutrophication.

In this interdisciplinary project, we will apply state-of-the-art methods to address these issues.






Funded by:

Project: IMProved quality of cultured fish for human CONsumption - IMPCON
Period: April 2014 - January 2018
Grant donor: Innovation Fund Denmark
FOOD grant: DKK 191,200
Total budget: DKK 4,925,000

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The bilateral research involves the mutual exchange of scientific knowledge, training of PhD students and acquisition of “hands-on” competences to produce better fish products in both regions.