project . 2017 - 2017 . Closed

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Setting up high-value Sea cucumber chain in Europe through a new fishing trawl with no environmental impact and advanced processing equipment
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  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 744115 Call for proposal: H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
  • Funded under: H2020 | SME-1 Overall Budget: 71,429 EURFunder Contribution: 50,000 EUR
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Jan 2017
    End Date
    31 Mar 2017
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
  • Open Access mandate
    Research Data: No
Description
sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy in Asian cuisine, and of cultural and medical importance. They are exploited in >70 countries and exported to SE Asia, where consumers pay from €300 to €1,500/kg for a premium dehydrated product. Sharp rise of Asian demand in the last years has led to overexploitation of 66% of sea cucumber fisheries globally. Current bottom trawls for sea cucumber fishing have low efficacy, high by-catches, and cause irreversible damage to the marine seabed, so they are banned in several European countries. On the other hand, sea cucumbers are very perishable and need to be processed by hand when dried quality individuals are sought to me...
Description
sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy in Asian cuisine, and of cultural and medical importance. They are exploited in >70 countries and exported to SE Asia, where consumers pay from €300 to €1,500/kg for a premium dehydrated product. Sharp rise of Asian demand in the last years has led to overexploitation of 66% of sea cucumber fisheries globally. Current bottom trawls for sea cucumber fishing have low efficacy, high by-catches, and cause irreversible damage to the marine seabed, so they are banned in several European countries. On the other hand, sea cucumbers are very perishable and need to be processed by hand when dried quality individuals are sought to me...
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