FISH chitinolytic biowastes FOR FISH active and sustainable packaging material


  • Circular Economy: from bio-waste of the seafood sector to a new active and sustainable material for fish packaging.
  • Blue Economy: longer fish shelf life thanks to the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of the packaging.
  • Environmental Challenges: help to reduce sea and terrestrial plastic litter and promote the transition towards a fossil-free future.


  • Chitin, chitosan and chito-oligosaccharides (COS) production.
  • Preparation of lignin nanoparticles bearing chitosan and chito-oligosaccharides.
  • Realization and validation of prototypes for fish packaging.
  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA).


The FISH4FISH project aims to produce innovative active and sustainable packaging material based on chitinolytic derivatives, using marine biomass wastes. Such packaging enhance fish shelf-life and, once it is wasted, it can be used as fertilizer and microbial preservatives for plants.

  • Environmental and socio-economic impacts:

reduce plastic litter

give new value to the fish industry waste

enhance competitiveness of fish-processing industry

reduce food waste

  • Implement SDSN Global Goals:

 9. Industry, innovation and  infrastructure;

12.sustainable consumption and production patterns;

13. combat climate change and its impacts

14.Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources