Bluu Biosciences: “Cultured fish is the alternative to overfishing our oceans”
29 September 2021
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, 90% of the global fish population is fully fished, overfished, or in crisis. At the New Food Conference, which takes place on 10-11 October in Cologne, Dr Sebastian Rakers from Bluu Biosciences will talk about why cultured fish is a viable alternative.
Bluu Biosciences is Europe’s first company focusing on the development and commercialisation of cultured fish. Why did you choose seafood?
Fish is already the most widely consumed source of animal protein in many regions of the world and demand is increasing due to the world’s growing population, while supply is constrained due to overfishing. Stocks are declining or they are exploited to their maximum. Aquaculture is trying to catch up, but it has its own limitations and challenges. Therefore, cultured fish provides a viable alternative to overfishing our oceans.
What products do you have in the pipeline?
Our focus is on products based on Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, and carp. We thus cover three of the world’s most popular edible-fish species. These species are a good fit for cultured production: their genome has already been fully sequenced and research on cell lines is well advanced. The first products that reach market readiness will be unstructured – think fish balls, fish tartar, or even fish sticks. Later on, we envision […]
In the full interview, published in Vegconomist, Dr Rakers talks about consumer acceptance and the regulatory approval of cultured fish, as well as the opportunities for traditional fish producers.