Sustainable use of the invasive round goby in favour for the fishery and the environment (SORTMUND) (39336)

Project Details


The overarching aim of SORTMUND is to establish a profitable and environmentally sustainable fishery after the invasive round goby in inner Danish waters.

Round goby was first seen in south-eastern Danish waters in 2008 and have since then increased rapidly in abundance along the coastline where it has severe negative effects on local biodiversity and the traditional coastal fishery.

We aim to launch the fish as a high-quality Nordic product for human consumption, in addition to fur animal feed. The project covers the entire value chain, and has broad participation, ranging from local fishermen and their trade organization, the processing industry, university institutes and a Michelin restaurant.

Specific activities will be estimations of stock sizes, investigations of seasonal migrations of the fish, development of seal-safe of gear to avoid damages to the catch, test of methods to fillet the fish for human consumption, documentation of nutritional quality of the fish, development of a fermented fish sauce to add umami to the food, and optimization of logistics in relation to collection, cooling and transportation of fish from small harbors to processing.

DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources (coordinator)
National Food Institute (DTU Food), Technical University of Denmark
Danish Fishermen PO, Denmark
Gilleleje Fillet Factory, Denmark 
Enspire, Denmark
NF340 Lasse III, Denmark
Gemba Seafood Consulting, Denmark

This project is funded by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark through the Green Development and Demonstration Program (GUDP).

Research area: Fish Biology
Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
Effective start/end date01/03/201628/02/2019


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