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The Fishavnir study allowed for identifying the fact that the practical implementation of Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA), for the purposes of environment impact labelling and/or eco-design within the businesses in the sector of the aquatic products, has run nowadays into the technical limits coming from lack of Life cycle inventories, and the lack of skills in this domain at research establishments of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in France.

The ICVAQUA project aims therefore at developing a life cycle inventory (LCI) for aquatic products and manufacturing process.

It also aims at passing on skills relating to the LCA, and the building of LCIs to the partner university within the framework of implementing a project of a study linked to the university’s current research skills.

The research work of the team of «Biochimistery of Aquatic Products» of the ULCO university (in France) is based on the gauges used to measure freshness and differences and authenticity of aquatic products, including biochemical and microbiological methods.

Within the framework of this project, we will focus on research handling the issues of quality and freshness of aquatic products, and more particularly, studying alteration of such products and the distinction between fresh – thawed. At the beginning, and to allow for acquisition of new skills relating to LCA, the first year will be dedicated to the study of two LCAs handling the comparison between wild and farmed sea bass. Subsequently, as of the second year, the work will address the LCIs of fish species related to the theme of the research in terms of freshness and alteration of fish fillets.

The project also has the target of raising awareness among the players in the sector of aquatic products in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region regarding the idea of the life cycle by getting them involved in the collective work of gathering data.

This project was labellised by AQUIMER on the 17th of April 2015.


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