European Agriculture relies heavily on external sources for the supply of key fertilisers, while at the same time large quantities of minerals are discharged into the environment through a variety of organic waste streams.
The SEA2LAND project aims to provide solutions that help overcome challenges related to food production, climate change and waste reuse through the use of these organic waste streams. To this end, the SEA2LAND project will work on improving and adapting nutrient recovery technologies to produce bio-based fertilisers from fish and aquaculture processing by-products.
SEA2LAND will optimise technologies, some of them combined, (advanced composting, bio-drying, freeze concentration and extraction, algae production, pyrolysis, membrane technology, chitin extraction, thermo-mechanical fractionation, enzymatic hydrolysis) that will generate bio-based and tailor-made fertilisers, both for local crops and conditions and for export.
The basis of the project is the regional production of biofertilisers within a local and circular framework through the development of demonstration pilots that can be replicated across Europe. The project proposes the application of more than 10 technologies in 7 case studies in 6 representative areas of the fisheries sector (North, Baltic, Atlantic, Cantabrian, Mediterranean and Adriatic).
SEA2LAND partners represent research organisations from by-products, valorisation, technologies and agronomy (including organic agriculture), industry from: (i) fish/aquaculture sectors; (ii) fertiliser sector; (iii) technology sector; including also aquaculture, fisheries and environmental consulting; management and dissemination, and business plan development, farmer representing organizations.
SEA2LAND project is coordinated by the Spanish organization NEIKER-INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO SA (NEIKER), project Coordinator, together with 25 other partners from 11 different countries (10 European States and Chile): UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE (ULIEGE), FIBL EUROPE – FORSCHUNGSINSTITUTFUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU IN EUROPA (FIBL EU) and UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGENT) from Belgium; IPS KONZALTING DOO ZA POSLOVNE USLUGE (IPS) from Croatia; NUTRILOOP OU (NUTRI) and EESTI TAIMEKASVATUSE INSTITUUT (ECRI) from Estonia; CENTRE REGIONAL D’INNOVATION ET DE TRANSFERT DE TECHNOLOGIE AGRORESSOURCES (CATAR), INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE (INPT) and CHAMBRE D’AGRICULTURE DES PYRENEES ATLANTIQUES (CAPA), from France; UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE (UNIVPM), UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO (UMIL) and SOCIETA COOPERATIVA PESCATORI MOLLUSCHICOLTORI CO.PE.MO. (CO.PE.MO), from Italy; AQUABIOTECH LIMITED (ABT) from Malta; GRONN GJODSEL AS (Grønn), NIBIO – NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI (NIBIO) and NORSK LANDBRUKSRADGIVING NORD NORGE (NLR-NN), from Norway; INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE (ISQ) from Portugal; BARNA SA (BARNA), CAVIAR PIRINEA SL (CAVIAR), FUNDACION AZTI – AZTI FUNDAZIOA (AZTI), FUNDACIO UNIVERSITARIA BALMES (UVIC-UCC), FERTINAGRO BIOTECH SL (FERTINAGRO), INICIATIVAS INNOVADORAS SAL (INI) from Spain; Switzerland (FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG (FIBL- CH) and Chile (INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGROPECUARIAS (INIA).