A conference focusing on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy was held within the framework of the FarFish project in beginning of June 2021. The aim of the conference was to review the implementation of the External Dimension of the CFP and to provide recommendations ahead of the next revision of the CFP.

The conference was attended by high-level experts and key stakeholders from the fishing industry and NGO sectors, together with relevant policy makers, scientists and academics, which contributed to discussions on the importance, advantages and challenges of the EU role in international fisheries management and ocean governance.

The conference spanned over two days, with the first day consisting of presentations and panel discussions from high-level experts; and the second day was more in the form of a workshop where different experts and stakeholders “dug deep” into how to improve management under fisheries agreements.

Recordings from the conference are now available on the FarFish website, along with a summary leaflet and main conclusions from day 1 and day 2.


A BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 networking event

Are you interested in the  future of Algae?

Save the date for a joint BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 event:

Market pathways for sustainable algae

The event will take place online on the 23rd of September 10 AM to 1 PM CEST. 

More information on the agenda and registration will be published closer to the date.


Video Presentation of the Final Results of the SYLFEED Project

A new video presenting the final results of the 4 year SYLFEED project is now available here below. The video reviews the whole project, goals and results. Please watch and enjoy.


Novel enhancement of soy meal for Arctic charr diets


Alexandra Leeper, Clara Sauphar, Margareth Øverland, Wolfgang Koppe, Jón Árnason, Gunnar Örn Kristjánsson, Stephen Knobloch, Sigurlaug Skírnisdottir, David Benhaïm

Funded by:

AVS funding


Alexandra Leeper

Ph.D. Student

Í þessari skýrslu er fjallað um helstu niðurstöður AVS verkefnisins „þróun á nýju bleikjufóðri“, en markmið verkefnisins var að lækka fóðurkostnað og auka sjálfbærni í bleikjueldi með því að skipta fiskimjöli út fyrir soyamjöl í fóðri. Í verkefninu var einnig leitast við að öðlast skilning á áhrifum mismunandi „meðhöndlunar“ soyamjöli á vöxt, þarmaflóru og velferð bleikju.

Skýrslan er lokuð / This report is closed


Effect of Dietary Seaweed Supplementation in Cows on Milk Macrominerals, Trace Elements and Heavy Metal Concentrations

This study investigated the effect of seaweed supplementation in dairy cow diets on milk yield, basic composition, and mineral concentrations. Thirty-seven Icelandic cows were split into three diet treatments: control (CON, no seaweed), low seaweed (LSW, 0.75% concentrate dry matter (DM), 13–40 g/cow/day), and high seaweed (HSW, 1.5% concentrate DM, 26–158 g/cow/day). Cows were fed the same basal diet of grass silage and concentrate for a week, and then were introduced to the assigned experimental diets for 6 weeks. The seaweed mix of 91% Ascophyllum nodosum: 9% Laminaria digitata (DM basis), feed, and milk samples were collected weekly. Data were analyzed using a linear mixed effects model, with diet, week, and their interaction as fixed factors, cow ID as random factor, and the pre-treatment week data as a covariate. When compared with CON milk, LSW and HSW milk had, respectively, less Se (−1.4 and −3.1 μg/kg milk) and more I (+744 and +1649 μg/kg milk), while HSW milk also had less Cu (−11.6 μg/kg milk) and more As (+0.17 μg/kg milk) than CON milk. The minimal changes or concentrations in milk for Se, Cu, and As cannot be associated with any effects on consumer nutrition, but care should be taken when I-rich seaweed is fed to cows to avoid excessive animal I supply and milk I concentrations.


BlueBio Cofund Second Additional Call Announcement

The second additional call is targeted on Advancing Resource Management, Market and Socioeconomic aspects in the Blue Bioeconomy Value Chains

The scope of the call is to fund projects that aim to facilitate research and innovation to underpin sustainable and circular management and use of natural resources and to also address the market and socioeconomic aspect of the value chain.

Call text document for additional information

Participation in the second additional Call

9 funding organisations from 8 countries have contributed a budget of approx. 8 million EUR to the additional call. The following partner countries will provide funds: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Norway. All projects are open to partners from all countries, as far as they bring their own funds and provide a letter of commitment stating this as part of the full proposal submission. 

Each project must include at least three partners from three countries and at least one industry partner.

There is an option to find partners on European level.

Submission Tool:

Call Timeline:

8th Jun 2021: Call opened for pre-proposals.

15th Jun 2021: Online Brokerage Event part 1: (presentation of the call, submission tool and b2match)

21st Jun 2021: Matchmaking Sessions (1:1 meetings between potential applicants on b2match)

20th Sep 2021 13:00 (CEST): Deadline for pre-proposal submissions

Brokerage Event

The brokerage event will be organized with b2match. There are presentations and meetings scheduled on June 15th and 21st, 2021.

For further information:


SYLFEED Final Webinar Series Announced

Three webinars are scheduled in June and August, to cover results demonstrated in the project on product performance, process performance, and environmental performance.

During 4 years, the consortium of partners lead by Arbiom focused on 3 main activites:

  • The demonstration of the scale-up of Arbiom process, to ensure a technical validation of our process
  • The validation of the performance of SylPro, Arbiom‘s protein rich ingredient, in aquaculture.
  • The comparison of the environmental performance of SylPro against other protein sources to confirm its sustainability value.

In this final webinar series, members of the consortium will share the key achievements of the project.

For further information:


Functional and nutraceutical ingredients from marine macroalgae. In: Handbook of Seafood Quality, Safety and Health Applications

The global market for seafood products continues to increase year by year. Food safety considerations are as crucial as ever in this sector, and higher standards of quality are demanded even as products are shipped greater distances around the world. The current global focus on the connection between diet and health drives growth in the industry and offers commercial opportunities on a number of fronts. There is great interest in the beneficial effects of marine functional compounds such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Seafoods are well-known as low calorie foods, and research continues into the nutritional effects on, for example, obesity and heart disease. In addition, by-products of marine food processing can be used in nutraceutical applications.

This book is a resource for those interested in the latest advances in the science and technology of seafood quality and safety as well as new developments in the nutritional effects and applications of marine foods. It includes chapters on the practical evaluation of seafood quality; novel approaches in preservation techniques; flavour chemistry and analysis; textural quality and measurement; packaging; the control of food-borne pathogens and seafood toxins. New research on the health-related aspects of marine food intake are covered, as well as the use of seafoods as sources of bioactives and nutraceuticals. The book is directed at scientists and technologists in academia, government laboratories and the seafood industries, including quality managers, processors and sensory scientists.

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Automated and large-scale characterization of microbial communities in food production. In: Rapid detection, characterization, an enumeration of foodborne pathogens

Microbial communities in food and food production establishments have highly versatile structures based on various extrinsic factors. The information gained by large-scale microbial community analysis not only can deepen the understanding of food microbiology in general but also can lead to improvement of food production systems for increased quality and safety and extension of shelf life. This chapter reviews the most recent methods applied to microbial communities, and presents examples of some cutting-edge technologies. Molecular methods have been developing rapidly in recent years both for specific detection of single species and for screening assays that allow the species composition of a given food sample to be unraveled. Examples of those methods are 16S rRNA clone analysis, fingerprinting methods such as terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (t-RFLP) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), tag-encoded pyrosequencing, single-nucleotide primer extension (SNuPE), and microarrays. Furthermore, flow cytometry is also addressed in the chapter, but this technique is based on single-cell analysis whereby a cell suspension is concentrated by nanofluidics and analyzed by laser technology. High-throughput analysis of microbial populations in food products and food processing environments has revealed the existence of a higher complexity in the microbial world than previously expected. The new approaches provide opportunities for further understanding of the microbial developments that are initiated during food production and storage.

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Microbial speciation in the geothermal ecosystem. In: Adaption of microbial life to environmental extremes: Novel Research Results and Application

Once considered exceptional rarities, extremophiles have become attractive objects for basic and applied research ranging from nanotechnology to biodiversity to the origins of life and even to the search for extraterrestrial life. Several novel aspects of extremophiles are covered in this book; the focus is firstly on unusual and less explored ecosystems such as marine hypersaline deeps, extreme cold, desert sands, and man-made clean rooms for spacecraft assembly. Secondly, the increasingly complex field of applications from extremophile research is treated and examples such as novel psychrophilic enzymes, compounds from halophiles, and detection strategies for potential extraterrestrial life forms are presented.

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