2nd INSEAFOOD Workshop successfully held!

The 2 nd INSEAFOOD Workshop was successfully held CIIMAR facilities, Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Matosinhos on January 31, 2018. The Workshop was attended by 81 participants from nine research institutions and  five companies and associations from the national seafood industry. The main results of the INSEAFOOD project were presented and its impact on the national and regional economy was discussed, resulting in a fruitful exchange of knowledge between the academy and the stakeholders. This event also counted with the participation of Docapesca – Portos e Lotas, S.A., which organized a tasting of seafood products from Portuguese aquaculture.

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INSEAFOOD: News on the sea urchin research

Find out part of the research developments achieved by the INSEAFOOD project on the natural population of sea urchins (Paracentrotus lividus), from the north coast of Portugal.



What if the sea urchins become the “Portuguese caviar”?

The potential of the sea urchin gonads as a gourmet product, its economic importance and possible production in captivity are some of the hot topics investigated under the INSEAFOOD project. Part of the achieved outcomes with the sea urchins were disseminated in an extensive article published in the daily newspaper PÚBLICO, which counted with the participation of the coordinator of the INSEAFOOD project, Professor Luísa Valente. This research work was also featured in the Porto University news site. Both news articles are available in:





12 month INSEAFOOD project newsletter

Welcome to the first INSEAFOOD project e-Newsletter, which summarizes part of the research work developed in the first 12 month of project (01/Jan/2016 to 31/Dec/2016). The INSEAFOOD e-Newsletter will be published at months 18, 24 and 32 and will provide information on project progress, scientific publications, participation on events, project meetings and organized events and news dissemination.

We hope you enjoy reading it and please do not hesitate to contact the Project coordinator Luísa Valente for any queries or comments related to the INSEAFOOD project.


INSEAFOOD – Innovation and valorization of seafood products: meeting local challenges and opportunities – aims to enhance CIIMAR scientific competences in the area of Aquaculture and Seafood Quality, that are relevant for the implementation of the North Portugal Smart Specialization Strategy.Research effort will be focused on economically important and well established shellfish (Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas) and finfish species (European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax) that play a major role in the Portuguese aquaculture sector. The project will also monitor marine algae and natural populations of sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus). The production and promotion of innovative seafood products of high value is expected, such as high quality sea urchin gonads or added nutritional value fish, in order to better exploit Portuguese marine resources and boost the economic and social sectors. INSEAFOOD involves an exceptional team of CIIMAR researchers complemented with the inclusion of new scientific posts, young researchers and doctoral students that will reinforce the capacity to compete in the aquaculture and seafood quality research areas.