#researchprojects | European integration of new technologies and social- economic solutions for increasing consumer trust and engagement in seafood products

Published: 07 November 2022 | Innovazione e ricerca

Coordinator: Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Scientific officer: Matteo Vittuari

Duration: 01/06/202 - 31/05/2026

Research group: Matteo Vittuari, Andrea Segrè, Francesco Cirone, Matteo Masotti

FishEUTrust represents a consortium of twenty-two organizations from fourteen countries, pooling their expertise to defragment the current food system to ensure sustainability and deliver solutions for a transparent and traceable sea-food supply chain necessary to promote high-end, pan-European seafood. The Innovation al the heart of FishEUTrust Is Integrating different actors into a digital platform that links technology providers, supply chain stakeholders. regula-tory/policymakers and consumers. FishEUTrust will establish five Co-creation Living Lads (CLLs) in diverse environ-ments. the Mediterranean Basin, the North Sea and the Atlantic Sea.

These CLLs will enable user involvement in innovation and development processes and act as demonstrators for the consortium to test and validate digital and non-digital supply chain solutions. Examples include creating sustainable business models, exploiting IPR strategies for aquaculture, e.g., protecting cultural and culinary heritage, short food supply chains, exploiting underused fish species, and innovative engaging activities to stimulate/nudge behavioural change. It will also develop tools for maximizing trust by guaranteeing the quality, safety, and traceability of seafood products based on smart control systems (sensors), a suite of tools integrating metagenomics, genetic biomarkers, isotopic techniques, and digital technologies (labelling, Product Passport/

Blockchain). These tools will be integrated into a single cutting-edge digital FishEUTrust platform that will apply the latest in artificial intelligence, data science and human-computer interactions. Finally, an integrated impact assess-ment and life cycle analysis will be performed to quantify the environmental footprint, health sustainability, and so-cio-economic benefits of FishEUTrust solutions. FishEUTrust will be supported by a comprehensive scientific, public, policymaker and industrial dissemination plan to communicate results to a broad audience.