Residues from shellfish processing can account for 30-70% of harvested material depending on the species. This not only represents a significant disposal cost (both economically and environmentally) but also a loss of profit in value added product. Traditional processes that could be used to extract these products are problematic due to; use of toxic chemicals as solvents, energy intensive, waste intensive, not appropriate for larger scale, and/or operationally complex. To utilize the waste completely an integrated approach must be taken, where process development is coupled to characterization and testing of products.
This project will focus on the(i) development of green processes to extract value added products from shellfish residues, specifically mussel and shrimp; (ii) characterization of products for applications; (iii) production of material for product testing to inform further process optimization and (iv) biomaterial development from solids. The overall outcome of this work will be an established process to sustainably extract value added products from mussel and shrimp processing residues.