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Development of best practice and new technology for grading, handling, transportation, conditioning and storage of mussels for SMEs in the European mussel industry

Objective

The European mussel industry’s profitability levels are currently low at all levels. Non-European mussel suppliers are advancing in the European market with low-cost products, pushing the overall prices for mussel products down. The market price for live mussels has improved recently. This opens for widening the market for European mussel producers. European mussel producers are mainly located in rural areas. To allow them to benefit from their shorter distance to the European market than non-European competitors, the infrastructure must be improved. A significant cost to the European mussel sector is associated with the waste of mussels due to substandard quality. On average, 20% is wasted in the chain from producer to processer. The waste is mainly related to the current suboptimal practices in grading, handling, storage and transportation. The proposed MusselsAlive project seeks to increase the profitability and the competiveness for the large number of SMEs in the European mussel industry. The aim is to reduce the amount of commodity that is wasted from harvest to market by 35%. This represents a 7 % increase output (20.000 tons) from the mussel production for the EEA live market. This will be achieved by: (I) improve grading technology that reduce the amount of wasted mussels in the grading process by 35%; (II) develop a storage/transportation unit that minimizes handling and reduce the damaged and waste of commodity by 35%; (III) develop mussel holding recirculation system for conditioning and storage of mussels. The system will reduce the waste of commodity during storage by 35%: (IV) identify and prepare best practice protocols for grading process, handling, transportation, conditioning and storage of live mussels. The economical benefits from the project are estimated to an annual € 61 M increase in market value, of which € 18 M is added directly the European mussel producers and € 6.6 M directly to the European mussel processors.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

Norsk Sjomatsenter
Address
Bontelabo 2
5003 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 405 502,40
Administrative Contact
Jorgen Borthen (Mr.)

Participants (12)

ASSOCIATION OF SCOTTISH SHELLFISH GROWERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 361 399
Address
Achnacloich Connel
PA37 1PR Argyll
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Walter Speirs (Mr.)
IRISH SALMON GROWERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 166 141
Address
Irish Farm Centre Bluebell
12 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Flynn (Mr.)
Norwegian Fish Farmers Association
Norway
EU contribution
€ 348 802
Address
Sorkedalsveien 6
0367 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geir Verner Andreassen (Mr.)
OLDERMANN SEAFOOD AS

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 198 340,10
Address
Val
7970 Kolvereid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tor Kristian Stevik (Dr.)
Seafare SA

Participation ended

France
Address
Avenue Francois Mitterand 105
62930 Wimereuex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Lavalette (Mr.)
MALTHE WINJE AUTOMASJON AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 143 919
Address
Haukeliveien 48
1410 Kolbotn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jim Martin Johansen (Mr.)
PLADOMIN PLASTIC COMPONENTS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 113 589
Address
B San Miguel 45 Monte 45
39012 Santander
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Sebrango (Mr.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 180,80
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robin Shields (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 20 283
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB
Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro 37/4
1250042 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Leonor Martins Braz De Almeida Nunes (Dr.)
INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 4 240
Address
Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ana Bernardo (Dr.)
MUSSELPACK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 40 532
Address
Gamla Vagen 17
474 70 Mollosund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Granhed (Mr.)