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The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund – EMFF supports the achievement of the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the growth of a sustainable blue economy and the European Union’s international commitments in the field of ocean governance.

In Innovarum, we are proud to contribute to making fisheries and aquaculture more sustainable and profitable and we have done so by participating in a very interesting project coordinated by the Spanish association ANFACO-CECOPESCA: SpecTUNA – Automated modular system for cutting and classifying frozen tuna using hyperspectral characterization.

SpecTUNA is an industrial machinery that will enable to automatize the tuna preparation step prior to canning and will provide information of the quality characterisation of each of the pieces by using hyperspectral image analysis, in a continuous, non-destructive, one-by-one analysis, with a processing capacity of 180 tuna units per hour.It is made up of three modules. The first one consists on a bin picking robotic arm which picks each tuna and takes it to the cutting module, where it is cut until the loins are extracted. The second module consists on analysing each tuna piece using NIRs and hyperspectral image analysis to obtain biometric parameters and exert quality control of each piece with non-destructive methods. Finally, it is classified depending on each piece’s volume, weight, or according to a nutritional characteristic (more/less salty, fat content, etc.)

The consortium, which includes 4 entities, two from Spain (ANFACO-CECOPESCA, EMENASA) and two from Portugal (INFAIMON, LA GONDOLA), is currently finalising the required documentation and they expect to start the project on January 1st, 2019.

In Innovarum, we are experts in industrial innovation. If you have a disruptive idea, such as SpecTUNA and you need help obtaining funds for your project, do not hesitate to contact us!

Project data

  • Programme: European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
  • Call: EASME/EMFF/2017/1.2.1.12 – Sustainable Blue Economy
  • Reference number: EASME/EMFF/2017/1.2.1.12/S1/006
  • Consortium: 4 entities from 2 countries
  • Coordinator: ANFACO-CECOPESCA
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting date: January 2019
  • Budget: 1,728,336 €
  • Total EU contribution: 1,123,418 €

 

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