The proliferation of Crepidula fornicata (slipper limpet) in the western european seawater is more and more a problem. The total amount of Crepidula living in the french shallow waters reaches already 5 Mio mT. This induces a strong trophic competition in areas harbouring important oysters and mussels farming. Keaton Ltd a british firm and SECOBIO-BIOSERAE, 2 french firms intend to study a specific harvesting procedure and new ways of Crepidula valorisation giving high added value products. From the fresh shell, we will study the extraction of proteins having biological propoerties (for instance: enzymes). From the heated flesh, we will study the production of aromatic material or specific proteins or lipids for cosmetic or dietetic applications.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
Im1 2Sj Douglas