The project’s identity is created establishing the project logo and website (www.aquabioprofit.eu
). Market opportunities and barriers, such as potential patents limiting the exploitation of the project results have been identified. Side stream materials from fisheries and aquaculture (heads, guts, backbones, skin, liver, gills and fillets from Atlantic salmon, European seabass, Gilthead seabream, blue whiting, herring and mackerel) have been analysed extensively for their content in proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, macro and trace minerals, as well as undesirable compounds. Ciona intestinalis culture was established and the production has been successful yielding biomasses for both tests and commercial applications, including studying the rheological properties of the material in the production of extruded feeds for Atlantic salmon. Co-culturing Ciona intestinalis with salmonids in RAS and macroalgae in the sea was also tested. Innovative processing methods for fish side streams and Ciona biomass for the production of meals for animal feeds and products for human consumption have been identified and described, including conventional and non-conventional technologies such as heat processing, chemical and enzymatic hydrolysis, filtration, Supercritical CO2 extraction and Pulse electric fields. Lab, pilot, and large-scale trials have been performed and prototype ingredients and products (protein hydrolysates including marine collagen and oils, healthier meat and fish cake products with marine extracts, and ciona-tunicate meal for aquafeeds, and ciona fond and cream as food supplements). The composition of the final project elixirs for the 4 planed clinical studies has been designed and the biomasses are under production and quality evaluation. The presentation of the test ingredients to the participants of the clinical tests has been decided (smoothie (athletes) and tablets/capsules form (skin and hair, anxiety, and pH balance trials)). Questionnaires for the selection of the volunteers and the monitoring of their condition during the clinical trials have been composed and the trial protocols determined. The technical evaluation of the AQUABIOPRO-FIT concepts includes modelling and simulation of the selected technologies creating equipment user models that will allow us to calculate the main outputs for the mass and energy balances in downstream processing major fish side stream and Ciona biomasses and provide relevant information for a future scale-up. The economic and environmental validation and assessment of the project technologies is being evaluated by Life cycle cost analysis life cycle assessment, respectively. The project’s communication and dissemination plan is put in action, including presentation of the project and project results in events and conferences, publication of 3 project newsletters, 18 peer review articles, including 1 PhD thesis and several press releases and articles in popular magazines, and active presence in social media. The Project showcase of is built as a versatile e-tool presenting project achievements.