Project Details


BIOZOOSTAIN will fully process valuable ingredients, such as astaxanthin, chitin, polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, wax-esters and enzymes from marine zooplankton taken ashore as a side raw material or by-catch during pelagic fishing. The aim is to use the ingredients to develop high quality products (incl. prototypes) for food supplement, cosmetic and nutra-/pharmaceutical markets in a sustainable and ethical way.

New processing methods will be compared to traditional ones to obtain optimized processing lines for environmentally friendly and sustainable utilization of zooplankton as bycatch, and attain zero waste in pelagic fisheries. The feasibility and environmental impact of the production of the protoypes will be assessed by life cycle analysis to prepare their market introduction. Prediction tools for identification of catching hot-spots and times for the pelagic species and bycatch will be developed, as well as spectroscopic prediction tools for processing optimization.

National Institute of Aqua Resources, DTU Aqua
University of Iceland (coordinator)
Matis ohf, Food and Biotech R&D, Iceland
Icelandic University Hospital, Iceland
Alma Mater Studiorum, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
FF Skagen, Denmark
Síldarvinnslan, Iceland

The project is funded by BlueBio Cofund-Action/Innovation Fund Denmark

Research area: Oceanography
Research area: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/08/2023


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