CAVIAR: Market valorization of sea urchin gonads through dietary modulation Consortium: UP (ICBAS), CIIMAR, SENSETEST, RIASEARCH & ISS
Responsible: Luísa Maria Pinheiro Valente (PI)
Funding Entity: DGPM (Fundo Azul)
Funding Total: 179.243,17 €; ISS: 30.072,00 €
Objective: Sea urchin’s gonads are a highly appreciated gourmet product comparable to Caviar. Gonads market price mainly depends on aroma and colour, which are a reflection of animals’ diet. This project will promote the sustainable valorisation of sea urchin by
Improving gonads quality and marketability trough dietary modulation in captivity, aiming the regular production of high quality and prized gonads;
Adding value to sea urchin gonads applying new preservation and processing strategies for gonad upgrading, bearing in mind the preparation of new food stuffs such as refrigerated, frozen and canned products, to better satisfy consumers' and markets’ demands;
To promote the full valorisation of sea urchin under a circular economy approach, by converting sea urchin by-products into high-valued compounds, reducing environmental impact and increasing economic value.
ISS develops innovative and sustainable bioactive seaweed ingredients for cosmetic, petceutic and nutraceutical products.